Breaking into the freelance market can be a frustrating, stressful, hair-pulling task in the beginning. There are so many jobs available, and so many places to look that it is completely overwhelming, especially when you are a beginner. Whether you are brand-new to the industry, or starting to lose your green status, here is some great advice on how to find freelance writing jobs:
There are a large percentage of freelance writers who are so versatile that they can write on any subject that a client sends to them and do an excellent job. Others struggle mightily when the topic is unfamiliar to them. Regardless of which group that you fall into, every freelance writer is at their best when they write about what they know. When the subject falls under the scope of knowledge that you have, not only is it easier to complete the assignment, but the writing flows more naturally.
One of the biggest mistakes that freelance writers make is under-valuing themselves and their writing. Not only does this result in a lower earned income, undercutting other candidates by a significant amount looks exactly like you having no confidence in your abilities. There is also another reason why this looks bad to potential employees. I can't count the number of times that I have seen jobs up for bid that are large and involved, with the average bid being $300 - $500 - except for the one glaring bid that is $20. Employers look to hire the candidate who will give them the best results, and there is no way that a writer will put their "all" into a project that is earning them only a few cents per hour. Let your CV and your proposal speak to your abilities and keep your bids competitive to others.
Don't count on only one freelance site or job board to keep you busy. Tap into every resource that you can find. Consider sending query letters to magazines as well. The more applications or proposals that you have out there, the more likely it is that you will consistently have work. This will build up your portfolio in the long run much quicker, and happy clients will often come to you first before looking for other freelancers if they are satisfied with the work you have done.