If you write in your spare time, and consider it just a hobby, then you can take the slow leisurely approach to getting writing jobs here and there. But if you consider writing as a full time business, you will need a strategy to get clients.
So if you are interested in getting paying clients to buy your writing, here are a few steps you may want to implement. Take these steps to the best of your ability for the best results.
Decide Your Target Market Audience
If you are wanting to write for clients on the internet, you will have to narrow your target audience niche to say: “Gaming Electronics Review Sites” or to “Businesses in your area which presently don’t have a Web site.” etc.
Create A Marketing Plan For That Audience
The marketing plan would include not only a plan of action, but also the estimated capital you will initially need to invest over a year, as well as the profits you will likely earn.
Once upon a time, you would type out manuscripts or reports on an old clunker of an IBM Selectric portable typewriter. You would then be mailing out these manuscripts and reports by the armful to the various publishers, spending a ton on postage cost that what you could not afford or earn for your efforts.
If you do not have a website, then get one, ASAP. The most effective is a WordPress blog. They are affordable, as in free, easy to use and professional. A blog these days does not have to look like a blog. If you already have a site, then pay close attention to it, learn how to fully optimize and market it. Your website site is your 24 hour hired sales person for your writing.
Develop A Niche Or Specialty
You can obviously specialize in an area which appeals and thus has interest to you. So make sure you develop a specialty niche of some kind.
It May Take Some Time So… Be Patient
If you are completely new to writing, these steps may or may not make that much sense to you right now. So just complete and do as many steps as you can. Every word that you write today, can be seen as experiential: you will learn by doing. So as you write and write, the reasons you are following these steps will become a lot more clear to you.
If you are already an established writer, using these steps can help in achieving further success – so try to follow them, and hopefully your freelance writing business and career will thrive beyond what you’ve ever expected.