Achieving success in a freelance career is not as simplistic as one may wish, but by following a few simple guidelines, freelance work in your local area can be obtained and can lead to greatly fulfilling vocation. So many freelancers don’t spend enough time “shaking hands and kissing babies.” Just going out every few months to meet new business owners and talking to older ones can go a long in getting you new business.
Reach Out to Known Contacts
Start seeking freelance work by contacting individuals you know. Be they former business contacts, friends, family members, neighbors, past co-workers, or even casual acquaintances, apprising individuals with whom you have already had some contact can lead to opportunities that you may have otherwise never have known to exist. Mentioning to those around you that you are seeking freelance work can lead to wonderful gains with no cost to you, other than your time.
Exploit Help Wanted Ads
Placing an ad in a local newspaper or online can lead to valuable freelance work, but another option many do not consider is contacting companies that place help wanted ads. These companies may consider hiring a freelancer to complete duties as they become available rather than choosing to place a new employee in the open position. In your initial contact with these companies, you should include a detailed resume along with examples of similar work. In your cover letter, you should explain to the companies the cost savings to them of hiring a freelancer. You should also state that, if this position is not conducive to freelance work, you are available for other types of freelance assignments as they come available.
Other Ways to Find Freelance Work
Most communities are home to at least one employment placement agency. Contacting these agencies can sometimes be a good source for freelance employment. Another option is to place an ad in local publications, advertising your services. If you have the time, you could consider having business cards or brochures printed and physically visiting the types of businesses from which you seek freelance work.
Whatever route you decide to take, you must remember that, above all else, when you are seeking freelance work, you must sell yourself. In order to sell yourself, you must be able to prove yourself to be a motivated person who offers useful services. Once you can convince individuals or businesses of these two things, you should be well on your way to a successful freelance career.