3 Freelance Writing Links
A few weeks ago I participated in something called International Freelancers Day 2010. Back in September, several big names in freelancing came together to produce a series of helpful webinars, giving registrants access to free tools and advice.
While there was some serious promotion going on throughout the event—it was free to participate, after all— I walked away from my laptop with some new ideas for improving and expanding my business. In fact, there was enough substance in the webinars I watched to warrant purchasing the book they were pushing, The Wealthy Freelancer.
I skimmed a few chapters before stumbling upon some ideas I could put into action. I put those goals on my calendar, very excited about testing the results.
In a similar vein, I had also decided to purchase business cards and work on drafting a sales letter to advertise my freelance writing business to local companies. My cards came, and so did the matching return address labels. I was all set to put in some long hours to build a bigger, better business when something unexpected happened.
My business took off.
Worked picked up for one of my best clients, and in a matter of four days I had projects lined up for three newcomers. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take it! It’s a nice problem to have, and if I have to delay growing my business I like that my growing business is the cause.
Since things are going so well, I have to get back to writing for pay. But before I go, I want to share the love and link to some cool resources I’ve come across in the last couple of days:
- All Freelance Writing: Free Stuff for Writers I may be that last person to find out about this website, but it rocks. This page gives you access to rate calculators, word count tools, free web themes and templates and business forms.
- All Freelance Writing: Freelance Writing Marketplace More great stuff from the people at All Freelance Writing. I submitted my own free marketplace ad. AFW’s minimum rates are refreshing, so you don’t have to worry about weeding out responses from sweatshop-style employers.
- Freelance Folder This is another site I’m probably a day late discovering, but I love everything about it. The blog posts are insightful, the forums are active, and the job boards make it easy to promote your freelance business.