Linda Gottwald is the executive director of Great Lakes Humane Society and holds a doctor of nursing degree from Chicago’s Rush University. Prior to earning her doctorate, Linda Gottwald received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Berkeley. When she isn’t working at the animal shelter, she enjoys freelance writing.
Working as a freelance writer can be challenging at times since you can go extended periods of time without landing a job. However, there are several steps you can take to strengthen your pitches and find suitable work through print or online publications.
One of the first things you should do is begin cold pitching bloggers and small businesses and let them know how you can help their brand. If you notice a promising start-up company doesn’t have a blog or much of a social media presence, pitch them about how you can help in that regard.
Secondly, you should start following popular job boards on social media. Twitter has an abundance of specialized accounts dedicated to posting freelance writing opportunities, such as WhoPaysWriters and WahJobAgency. Additionally, you can source opportunities through Facebook groups and Craigslist.
You should also build a professional website that showcases some of your best work to attract high-paying clients. Finally, don’t be afraid to take guest posting opportunities with popular publications or websites. These opportunities may not be paid, but you’ll gain recognition and experience that will help you build your resume and attract clients.