Is there a way to find local freelance writing jobs?

by ShayB
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Hello, Warriors!

Is there a way to find local freelance writing jobs?

What about writing for offline companies?

I was thinking about posting on Craigslist, but not sure if that is the best route to take. :confused:

Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author Ken Strong
    If it's freelance, why does it need to be local only? Check the job listings in Craigslist in the largest cities.

    Also check out The Well-Fed Writer - Self-Sufficiency as a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less -- his specialty is showing how to get freelance jobs for local, business, and corporate-type writing gigs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Bishop81
    I've found some freelance programming gigs on Craigslist in the major cities. I recommend that route. Not necessarily posting for a job, but looking for people needing work done.
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    • Profile picture of the author kumar
      Shay,

      By local, do you mean in and around your city? A posting on Craigslist should help.

      If you want to post your services in some freelancing sites, I could probably help you. I get most of my projects thru odesk.com and can quickly run you through their mandatory tests, payment systems and your profile creation.
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      • Profile picture of the author Hamida Harland
        Craigslist is great - I found quite a few writing jobs there. In fact that's where I found my best one, a year long contract with a company that paid me $50 per 500 word article. I gave up ghostwriting when my contract was over because I couldn't find anyone else who'd pay me $50 per article :rolleyes:.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sandi Valentine
    My town has a local portal site (someone beat me to it) with a free advertising option. I've picked several clients up there. I also put out brochures at my local computer repair shop and print shop, and have gotten a few jobs that way, as well.
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  • Hi Shay. If you want to try offline writing for parties within your locality, I'd suggest finding a telephone directory and basing a search on the following entities which, in the order of enumeration below, are the biggest clients in need of a constant supply of fresh content:

    1. Corporations. The bigger the corporation, the better. What kind of writing do they need? A LOT, actually. Proposals, business plans, ad campaigns, speeches for their executives, brochures, technical reviews, press releases, annual reports... these are just some of the the types of writings that they need. Big corporations have several departments in need of writers, and often, these departments don't have in-house writers. The PR department, for example, needs press releases and kits, product announcements, and paid spots. The HR department may need content for their newsletter, employees' handbook, and even bulletins and memos. And copywriters will have a field day with the requirements of the advertising department.

    2. Advertising agencies. Even the smallest ad agency is sure to have a great need for writers. Their business is in promoting products, after all, and every promotion almost always needs some words. From jobs as simple as formulating catchy slogans, to as engaging as writing scripts for TV spots, to as onerous as responding to every received query, writers are sure to find vacancies in many ad agencies. Robert W. Bly, in his book Secrets of a Freelance Writer: How to Make $80,000 a Year, suggests the so-called red book to gain the contact details of more than 4,000 ad agencies in the US.

    3. PR firms. PR firms are media-powered. Media is word-driven. Writers sell words. Perfect combination. Bly suggests O'Dwyer's directory of PR firms.

    4. Private and governmental associations. Requests for grants, call for donations, presentations, reports, and the occasional copywriting assignments... kaching! Bly suggests the Encyclopedia of AssociationsEncyclopedia of Associations for reference. Don't buy! Most public libraries have it.

    Offline writing is different from online writing. I, for example, cannot scream "hey, check out my sig, I write great articles for 5 bucks a pop" (shameless plug. shameless plug) and expect clients to come to me.

    I have to seek them out, and I have to prove to them that I'm the guy for the job. There are, basically, 2 ways to do this:

    1. Wait for an advertised opening and submit my resume and portfolio; or
    2. Do as an internet marketer would and take the initiative to contact them, create and magnify a need for my service, and convince them that they are better off with me as part of their team.

    Oh, there's a third one: freelance placement and staffing agencies like Paladin, Inc. and my favorite, though they don't seem to like me that much, Staffwriters Plus, if you don't mind giving them a cut of your pay.

    Hoped this helped.


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