A lot of our freelance writing content is pretty long form. Our primary How to Start Freelance Writing blog post is over 7,000 words. SEVEN THOUSAND.
And it’s really good.
However, part of the problem is it’s too good.
These days most people don’t have the time to sit down and read a 7,000 word post. The people who refer back to it often, and use it as a mini-course on starting a freelance writing business, will see success from it, but most people are looking for quick hacks.
Which leads us to today.
I wanted to create a post that packed in as much “bang for the buck” in as short a time as possible.
The goal? 6 incredible freelance writing hacks in 2 minutes.
Freelance Writing Hacks: These Will Totally Change Your Business
I recommend watching the video on this one, as that was how I intended to do it.
But for those of you who want to read? I got you covered as well.
1) Grammarly: The Proof Reader You’ve Always Wanted
Wish you could have an editor or proofreader look over all your work before you send it out? Meet Grammarly. It’s your new best friend as a freelance writer. It will catch 98% of spelling and grammar mistakes before you send out your newly polished piece to your client. It saves you time, makes you look good, and your clients are none the wiser (but if they were, they’d appreciate the extra effort you put in)
2) “It’s totally cool if.” The Four Magic Words
Use this line in all of your pitches and letters of introduction.
“It’s totally cool if this isn’t a fit right now”
“It’s totally cool if you’re too busy and don’t have time to get back to me right away.”
By making it easier to say no, it shows you respect them and their time, which makes it more likely they’ll say yes, or at least give you a response.
Want more detail about this? Check out “How to Get More People to Say Yes.”
3 Record a Video (No one does this. That’s why it works)
Do you know how much effort most people put into their freelance writing pitches?
Very little. Mail merge ftw!
Sending a personalized pitch, already makes you stand out. But sending a personalized VIDEO with your introduction? That makes you stand out a LOT. Just remember our last point “it’s totally cool if…” Keep it short and sweet, a little bit goes a long way.
Here’s a little more help with your cold email pitch.
4) Streak for Gmail – Your new organizational best friend
No idea how to keep track of all the people you’ve reached out to? Bro, are you even sending follow up emails??
Streak for Gmail turns your gmail account into a built in CRM. It makes you stay organized, helps you close deals, and the best part? It’s free.
We did a whole Streak for Gmail review about our experience using the software.
5) Personal Card: Analog is the new digital
When was the last time you received a personal card. I’m willing to bet the answer is either “never” or you know exactly when it was and who it was from because it’s so rare.
If a potential client makes the time to respond or hop on a phone call with you? Show your appreciation in ink. Like real ink. From a pen. You know who else is doing this? That’s right, NO ONE. Which makes YOU look good.
6) Email Hunter: Aka How to Find ANYONE’s Email Address (Ok, almost anyone)
You know what you should try to never do? Send generic pitches to “team” “info” or “support” email addresses. Find the name of the person in charge.
Start with Linked In if it isn’t clear on their website. And if you don’t know how to get their email address? Get the Email Hunter chrome extension.
Go to the site, click the button, and watch all the emails that are listed anywhere on the site pop up.
Boom, there’s your contact info.
Here are 5 More Ways to Perfect Your Freelance Writing Pitch
This video was geared specifically for landing freelance copywriting jobs, but they really apply to any type of freelance work.