The internet is booming like never before and almost any person with any skill is able to use the medium for making money. One of the countless ways you can earn some cash online is by copywriting, writing for someone’s blog or website or any other type of writing task an employer wishes. With more than 90% of all humans literate and around the same number being able to get online, you can bet your ass that you are joining a sea of others wishing to take that same slice of income, with this being said, here’s how to get more work as a copywriter.
Keep a Tight Portfolio
IT’s imperative that you keep all, or certainly all of the good, writing work that you have ever done in a well ordered portfolio. If you are able to I would suggest buying a domain to showcase your work for future employers. Pointing a prospective employer in the direction of your own personal online portfolio which is broken down into categories and subject matter is sure to put you above many of your opponents.
Sign Up Everywhere
There are several 3rd party companies offering work for freelance writers and you’d be foolish not to sign up and check everyday if there is work available. Companies such as eLance, Upwork (formerly Odesk) and iWriter provide a dynamic system for both freelancers and employers alike for years. Remember the more work you do, the more reviews that you’ll get and the higher your rating will be, higher rating means higher rate so get signed up today.
Take The Initiative
Nobody in the world is going to send you an email from out of the blue and say ‘hey, I know I don’t know you but do you want to write a 500 word article for me and I’ll give you $100.’ As much as we wish it would, it won’t, so take some initiative and start getting in touch with companies who use copywriters and sell yourself, whether it be an online ad agency or the owner of a website,if you have a portfolio then send them it and don’t take no for an answer.
Write for Paid Websites
There are plenty of websites out there who will offer cold, hard cash for pieces, they are all subject to acceptance but if you don’t buy the ticket, you can’t win the raffle. Websites such as Listology, WhatCulture , Listverse and literally hundreds of others in a variety of niches exist, find your niche, make some money. Doing work like this is important because future employers are bound to be impressed when you tell them that yo’ve featured on ‘…’ website or magazine.
You should be writing everyday about everything and anything, this may not help you directly get a job but when you do get that job, you’ll be able to execute it with speed and accuracy which in turn will impress an employer. Many people are comfortable with the fact that they know how to write and that that will get them by, it won’t, writing is a skill and a muscle that must be exercised daily.