As a freelance writer, the most important thing to do is get that next job. There are oodles of ways to do this including building a website and climbing up the search rankings. You can advertise. You can aggressively go after job leads on various freelance job boards. Cold call companies. In fact, you should be doing all of those.
But another great way to make new assignments and get pitched jobs is to add your name to a writing group like the Freelance Writer Directory. I recently discovered this great resource and quickly added my own profile. Yes, it costs $10 to submit your profile, but that’s it. A one-time fee to be added to a great list. Besides writing out a nice paragraph or two about my skills and experiences, I was able to add my website, and links to all my social media accounts. I also selected appropriate categories that I’m qualified to write about. This is a no-frills type of site, so there aren’t many bells or whistles to distract users or keep them from finding your information. It’s a straight-up resource that lists freelance writers according to their skills.
The neat thing about the site is that potential clients can browse through the categories to find targeted freelancers. It’s pretty much exactly what I’ve been looking for and hope more people and employers start using in their search for writers. What I really do love about the site, though, is that Social Media/Blogging Expert Kristi Hines is behind the whole thing. I just love Kristi’s blog Kikolani, which is full of insanely helpful and informative tips, resources, and information about writing and marketing. Plus, Kristi is seriously one of the nicest people I’ve ever gotten to know.
You can expect to see loads of helpful freelance tips on the site too, like the latest blog post: Get Paid to Write – The Ultimate Resource List of Blogs That Pay for Content. Really really helpful list!
One thing I would love to see on here though is some sort of rating system where clients can either leave comments or a thumbs up or something about a specific freelancer. I know that could end up getting messy if freelancers start sabotaging other writers to make themselves look better, but maybe Kristi can add some sort of moderation or testimonials tied to LinkedIn or something.
If you’re a freelancer looking to get a lot more exposure, I highly recommend submitting a listing to the Freelance Writer Directory. It’s the write thing to do.
Do you know of any Writing Directories? Let me know in the comments below!
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