How to Return to Freelance Writing After a Break Part 2. Alternatives to Content Sites

Melissa Dawn By Melissa Dawn, 23rd Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1dy_0489/
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Content sites are a great place to write and act as a portfolio for further work. Bidding sites and established websites hire writers ona project basis and can help writers diversify their earnings.

Introduction

Content sites allow writers to come up with their own titles, keywords and article content. Here, writers have far more leeway to write about what they want, when they want. Freelance writing job sites however, usually require writers to pass skill tests, fill out detailed profile information, and bid on writing projects which must be finished within a set amount of time.

Returning to freelance writing after a break, can see writers like myself involved in both content and biding sites. While I know content sites will pay me when I meet the minimum amount and act as a portfolio I can show freelance clients; bidding sites involve usually pay at set times, like the first and fifteenth of each month.

Check Freelance Job Websites

It seems a new freelance writing job board pops up online every day. Bidding sites that worked well for you before may be the key to landing your first new freelance writing gig. Make sure to update your profile and photograph, include any new and relevant skills, and re-introduce yourself to the community. It may take a little time for former clients to come back; but continue to market yourself, and apply for all relevant positions.

If you are new, or have been away for some time. It may take a few bids before a client notices you. I had to apply for over thirty jobs on one site before landing a lucrative job. That particular client now hires me to write for him at least once a month!

Check for New Writing Opportunities

No freelance writer should expect one or two websites to provide them with enough money to pay their bills. Check out some previously unused freelance sites; many give you the chance to check areas of writing expertise, and can help you discover some hidden talents. Take any free proficiency tests offered to you, but never, ever pay for a writing job or lead. Having a wider variety of websites to write for will enable you to make money faster.

Some clients never advertise on bidding sites, but post on other writing sites when they look for writers. These jobs may be piece work (paid by the article) seasonal or a one-off opportunity.

Join Or Re-Join Social Media

Been awhile since you were on social media? Then re-start your freelance writing career by re-introducing yourself to friends and contacts. One of the best places to start is your Facebook page: re-introduce yourself to your writer friends, and join some FB writing groups.

Google+ is a great way to quickly interact with people, and you can quickly incorporate your FB friends and your gmail contacts into your circles. Not everything someone posts on FB is posted on Google+ so there is a benefit in letting all your contacts know you are looking for writing projects.

Other social networking sites like LinkedIn can act like an on-line resume and help you get jobs. If writing is a part-time past time, and not your regular day job, consider adding writing to your credentials. Twitter can be great for drawing interest to your blog or writing site. You can twitter a link to individual articles here at wikinut or to your profile, to potential writing clients.

Stay Organized and Focused

All freelance writers know the importance of having an organized up-to-date home office. Equipment doesn’t need to be fancy but it does need to work! Make sure software is up to industry standards, and that you create a work schedule you can stick to. Business cards are inexpensive to have made, or you can even make them yourselves. and may land you gigs in your own community.

Conclusion

Many writers wonder how to return to freelance writing after a break. The task can be as adventurous and profitable as you make it. By having a detailed plan of checking and contributing again to content sites and bidding websites, re-participating in social media and finding new sites to write for, your freelance writing career will soar big and better than ever!

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I have been writing ever since I can remember, and currently focus my attention on articles, how to guides and e-books. Check out my group e-book at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/488536

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author avatar Carol Roach
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

Your articles are excellent. I need to find some new good freelance sites.

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author avatar Retired
23rd Mar 2015 (#)

Great part two! Thanks for the share!

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
24th Mar 2015 (#)

I enjoyed reading your both parts of your articles. I am always looking forward to see what is new and what is out there for freelancing writers. I have bookmarked your article and will use it for reference. Thank you for the ideas.

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
24th Mar 2015 (#)

THank you all for the lovely comments. Stay tuned Part 3 is coming!

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
24th Mar 2015 (#)

I will be looking forward to it.

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author avatar Yvette van Niekerk
24th Mar 2015 (#)

Melissa this is really interesting, I learned so much today. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Retired
24th Mar 2015 (#)

Thanks for the share. Informative & well-researched, I must say.

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author avatar Retired
24th Mar 2015 (#)

I had some success with HireWriters a while back - I might return to them some time.

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author avatar Marie Lowe
26th Mar 2015 (#)

This is my second content mill to write for. Hoping it continues to be a positive experience.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
29th Mar 2015 (#)

Melissa, excellent article. I love reading about tips for writing articles. I've written for many sites over the years. Sometimes I'm paid very well and then other times not so much but I love to write. It makes it all worthwhile. I love learning from my other writing friends. I wish I had my own office but seriously I've been writing on my dining room table for years. Someday I hope to have an office. Smiles to you!

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author avatar Retired
30th Mar 2015 (#)

Nancy, Most kids get told off for writing on the dining room table - using paper is usually far more socially acceptable!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Mar 2015 (#)

John, thanks for the smile this morning. I miss Snoot and the gang.

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author avatar Annie69
26th Jul 2015 (#)

nice articles, parts 1 and 2, very good information, I'll see what else you have on here.

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Aug 2016 (#)

Great 2nd part Melissa.. Informative and insightful as always. Thanks for sharing your experience and advice xxxxx \0/

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author avatar Freelance writing jobs
22nd Aug 2017 (#)

Thanks for giving good information.
For freelance academic writing: http://nerdyturtlez.com/

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author avatar Online acadenic writing jobs
23rd Aug 2017 (#)

Nice Post.

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