After reading your great comments in response to Go Local or Go Bust: The New Freelance Landscape, I was curious to learn more about how readers here are finding—and landing—work. This applies to all types of freelancers as well as FTEs (full-time employees), since I know we have a strong mix of both.
Lately, new clients have found me through my profile on a local website targeted to the creative community in Denver. While I put thought and time into creating a strong bio and listing, I didn’t expect it to pay off in the way it has. I’ve also landed freelance copywriting gigs through referrals. One item that’s lacking is introducing myself to businesses. I really need to work on my list as well as writing smart, effective introductions. And sending them.
Now that my ankles are starting to heal and I can actually see an end to the crutches, I’ll be adding more networking events to my schedule. I tried it earlier, but this time this writer will step away from the typewriter (okay, the laptop).
Although this has not resulted in work, I do consider it a part of my marketing and gig-generating efforts. Using the excellent instructions from FreelanceFolder, I set up the ultimate job finding dashboard with iGoogle. The sites I added to my dashboard include sections from Denver and Seattle-area Craigslist, Freelancewritinggigs.com, Online-writing-jobs.com, Freelance Union job listings, Media Bistro job listings and Ed2010.com WhisperJobs™. This dashboard helps me quickly identify promising opportunities and pitch myself. Since you have to sift through many, many listings to find anything with a decent pay rate, I try to do this quickly. The dashboard is my home page, so I give it a quick check a few times per day.
My focus is making connections with businesses (both local and Seattle-based companies, especially if I have a referral) through email introductions and face-to-face networking.
Now it’s your turn! Like my other 50/50 posts, this is where you share your experience. Are you finding freelance gigs through referrals? Or are have you mastered a cold calling plan? Are you sending out regular queries? Have you enlisted friends in helping you make LinkedIn connections with companies that are hiring for full-time jobs?