It’s a terrifying prospect, especially if you’re an employer. I was quite happy to mull along previously and as luck would have it get into a good position again. But now I have the responsibility of an employee it requests a little more attention, and this is a learning curve. For the past week I’ve been battering the freelance websites applying for new projects. Again its possibly luck but I’ve had a couple of applications come off.
So what is the best way to keep your business afloat. Sign up to as many freelance jobs sites as possible, the following are free to start but you can pay a fee to access more information and more jobs.
What is a successful application.
Well not saying! Hi I will write anything for anything! Other freelancer will bid a price, always take not of the average bid, don’t go crazy and over bid or undersell yourself, work out a realistic price and what you can afford to be paid.
In my applications I always try to be friendly yet professional, put in experience and sites for clients to take a look at in terms of portfolio work, I also make sure they know I am a native British writer. This holds a lot of clout in the freelance world. I generally inform them I am flexible and can work to deadlines and so on. This does help a lot, and generally if clients want to find more information about you they will contact you. Make sure you spell check your application, that above all is most important, if your application is full of spelling mistakes, you’re out.
Now I’ve learnt not to leave job hunting until things get really bad, it’s probably a good idea to apply for a couple of jobs every day, to make sure you have that flow of applications. You’re not always going to win a bid, some clients may ask for a test run and still not take you on, hard as it may be you need to keep on trucking, it’s a number game, and eventually you’ll be pleased that you’ve been accepted for a project.