Most of the advice you’ll encounter on the web about finding freelance writing gigs center around online writing jobs. But, there are plenty of opportunities in freelance writing right in your local community. And, the best thing about these is, there’s less competition because nine times out of ten, local entrepreneurs have never been approached by anyone else. Following is one sure way to find – and land – these types of writing jobs.
To Find Freelance Writing Gigs, Go to a Local Chamber of Commerce Meeting
When I was a corporate recruiter, I belonged to two Chambers of Commerce. One thing I learned that served me well as a freelancer is that most hold weekly meetings. They also allow outsiders to attend and/or give seminars to Chamber members. You know what? In all my years of going, I never encountered another freelance writer; usually I was the only one in the room.
In case you don’t know, Chambers of Commerce are made up of all the businesses – small, medium and large – in a community. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel because you have the decisionmakers right there in front of you.
Specific action to take to get freelance writing gigs from local business owners at a Chamber of Commerce meeting: Call up your local chamber. Tell them that you’re interested in attending a meeting and/or want to give a seminar about how a freelance writer can help local business owners generate more traffic and sales via their websites. Following are some ideas.
3 Services You Can Offer to Local Business Owners
Offer to Update Websites with Fresh Content: Most small businesses have websites, but they don’t update them very often (or at all). Consequently, they’re not getting sales and leads from them. So, explain to them how you can drive more traffic with an article marketing campaign.
Become a Business Blogger: You could offer to set up and provide content for a blog for them. Most small businesses don’t have a blog and again, if they do, it’s not updated very often.
Become a Newsletter Writer: You could offer to write a monthly newsletter. Again, this is something most of your local businesses have probably not invested in.
Because many local businesses receive very little traffic and/or sales from their websites, ANY return they see from your efforts will be a “great improvement.” Hence, they’ll be much more likely to refer you to others and continue to use your services.
The bottom line is, all of these are freelance writing gigs you could easily go after by contacting local business owners. And, it would be ongoing freelance writing work – the best kind.
About the Author: Yuwanda Black has been a freelance writer since 1993; she heads New Media Words (NewMediaWords.biz), an SEO writing company. Learn how to start a successful career as a freelancer, seamlessly landing freelance writing gigs from day one.
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