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Finding Freelance Writing Projects is Hard Work

Listen up: finding freelance writing projects is hard work; especially if you are just getting started. Obviously, I had a more difficult time finding work when I first started than I do right now. But guess what? Even established freelance writers can find it hard to locate clients that they are willing to work with.

One of the main reasons that the majority of aspiring freelance writers fail is that they are not expecting to run into any issues. In other words, they think that earning a healthy freelance writing income is a piece of cake. Yes, it is possible to earn a solid living as a writer, but far from easy. If you are not willing to put in the time to find projects and grow your client base, you will simply become another statistic.

Of course, it is easier said than done, right? Well, you are definitely correct in thinking this. I can sit here all day and offer tips on how to find clients, such as through cold calling and query letters, but it is you, the writer, who has to get moving in the right direction. It is one thing to know how to find projects and clients, but another thing entirely when it comes to getting out there and doing it.

My post yesterday, The Legitimacy of Freelance Bidding Sites, is a perfect example. Why do most freelancers, writers or not, like to use these sites? Some of them see it is a great way to add some new clients when not marketing in other ways. But the majority of people using these sites do so because they are simple. It is much easier to bid on a job than to cold call a local company, find the right contact, and then give them your sales pitch. But guess what? While using bidding sites may be easier, it is probably not going to help you reach your goals anytime soon.

Simply put, finding work as a freelance writer can be a long, hard, time consuming road. This is something that you should be aware of when you decide to enter this industry. This is not supposed to scare you away. Instead, it should show you that if you are willing to work hard, results will follow.

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