Sourcing Clients for Freelance Writing

Sourcing Clients

I have had quite a few ask me “how do you find or source clients for writing jobs?”

That’s an excellent question. One of the hardest challenges about being a freelancer is the constant need to find new clients. Here are a few of the ways that can help in sourcing clients.

Firstly, I must say that if anyone wishes to get into freelance writing, Bamidele Onibalusi gives a wonderful strategy in his thread of how to earn $1000.

The truth is that you can learn everything you need from those who have mastered freelance writing such as Bamidele. However, I’ll share a few of my tactics too.

Lists of blogs, websites or magazines that pay

Firstly I spent a lot of time scouring the various lists of blogs or websites that pay writers. There are quite a number of writing websites that offer these lists. Bamidele has one that he calls the Ultimate List of Magazines that pays writers. 

Another good website to follow is Make A Living Writing. On this website, Carol Tice offers lots of tips, including a list of websites that pay

There are some other sites too. The truth is that I don’t have a lot of time to just read websites. Google and Yahoo searches should bring quite a few ideas or links of websites that offer tips about earning as a freelance writer.

Job boards

The next step is to visit job boards. I have applied to quite a number of jobs via ProBlogger job board. Once again, do a google search for other job boards or visit Bamidele’s website where he lists a number of them.

I have a profile on Upwork. It’s worth taking the time to set up your profile correctly, filling out all the sections and doing some of the tests.

Social Networking

I also interact in a number of professional groups and writing groups.

It’s a lot of work, and no guarantee of work, but so very worth it when the work comes in.

My latest personal challenge is to source blogs and websites that relate to my niche area and to master the cold pitching that the successful freelance writers talk about.

Conclusion

I hope this gives a little insight. It is by no means the comprehensive list, but then I am still mastering securing good clients. What I would say is keep at it! The strategy set out for sourcing clients by Bamidele and other’s like Carol Tice are already established. I see no need to re-invent the wheel. As a result, I follow what they suggest doing and add ideas whenever I find something that meets my goals and writing niche.

Pitching does get easier the more you do it. Sourcing clients get’s easier too. I wish you the best of luck in sourcing your writing clients. If you have any good tips that would help other readers, please share in the comments below.

This post is prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear , occupational therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom“.

 

 

 

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Finding the Right Path that Leads to Independence

Finding a Path

Occupational Therapy is all about independence. Independence in all areas of our lives and this includes financial independence. The contents of this post deals with a topic that is important for anyone wishing to live their life to the full. That is finding the right path that will enable you to obtain independence.

In a previous post, I mentioned a book I have written about my personal and professional journey with a chronic illness. While writing the book, I wished to use certain quotes from other works and met some interesting people in applying for permission. One of them was the then director of the Chofetz Chaim Foundation. Writing this I wonder whether my desire to share about the importance of guarding one’s tongue has provided some blessing to unravelling a journey. Very possibly, in the meantime, join me to meet some incredible role models.

Introducing 5 of my Role Models

After completing writing the manuscript, I began searching for a publisher. Along the journey I thought I had also completed a second book that would help to promote OT. Frustrated with rejection after rejection I turned to the director of the Chofetz Chaim Foundation and he suggested meeting Bob Burg in order to find out about self-publishing.

I am so delighted that I did. Bob Burg has become a friend and role model. From our email interaction he shared about his book Endless Referrals. He also shared about a mindset that he mastered which has helped him to become successful as an author and motivational speaker. I’ve remained in touch with Bob over the years and so delighted that I have. I learn so much from his positive FB posts and inspiring work.

When I moved to Israel, I thought I had a perfect plan. I had mapped out a path to master Hebrew, obtain my license, get work in my field and then gradually develop a private practice and move on to develop my dream centre. I have been amazed by how many try to dissuade one and encourage or even force one into minimum wage work. As I strove to find a path that would enable me to obtain the financial independence I require in order to establish my centre, I have come to know several who are my role models. They paint a very different picture to those who promote minimum wage at all costs.

The next one was Pat Flynn of Smart Passive Income. I find it so inspiring that after he was retrenched from a good position as an architect, Pat went on to learn and master everything he could about passive income. He teaches every step of the way how to develop not just passive income but smart passive income. Since we had tried to set up an affiliate store without success and dabbled in a few other options too, having someone willing to teach and share all he learns has been wonderful. I very much appreciate the respectful, positive newsletters that he sends out too.

There have been a number of OTs and PTs who have been inspiring too. One who has become a tremendous support is Scott Harmon. Scott is an OT who has a successful private practice and yet gives of himself through his website Start a Therapy Practice, helping other OTs to develop a private practice too. I’m so excited to see that he has also added his Academy something I wish was around when I wanted to get into working privately. These tools help OTs to find the right path to becoming successful private practitioners.

The next profession who has helped drive home the importance of the right focus is a psychologist by the name of Ramit Sethi. Ramit wrote a book I Will Teach You To be Rich. He has a few programs which help one to get from nothing to earning a thousand dollars, on the side or as one’s income. I love Ramit’s very direct approach and the way he so cleverly demonstrates that you cant purchase a house by eliminating cafe latte. This is playing with small money. What a person needs is to aim for earning correctly and this includes more per hour.

A very inspiring role model for me is Bamidele Onibalusi, Bamidele has a website Writers In Charge. I love that concept! Bamidele wanted to find the right means to earn what he needed when he was still a teenager. How I wish there were computers in my day. Well, Bamidele mastered how to earn from freelance writing. Like the others above, he does not keep this to himself, neither does he consider that anyone should earn a minimum wage. A year ago, Bamidele began a challenge to help those who wish to earn from freelance writing to learn what it takes to earn $1000 in 60 days. His newsletters are also so inspiring, respectful and filled with encouraging words and strategies to earn effectively.

Conclusion

Having spent a few years learning from these wonderful, inspiring entrepreneurs, there are a few lessons I wish to highlight. If you wish to gain financial independence, you need to find the right path. Do whatever it takes to search for the right teachers and role models who will help you to learn that you do not have to remain stuck in minimum wage and NO-ONE should ever tell you to be happy struggling. There is another way. It takes work and effort and that comes from developing the right mindset, developing the right map. In order to help you to develop your map requires setting appropriate goals and suitable strategies to help you to reach your goal. All of these details help you to develop the right path that will help you to reach success.

This post is prepared for you by Shoshanah Shear, occupational therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer, author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story” and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom“.

 

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The Need to Help Widows

Black and White Image of a widow sitting next to a wall

While some erroneously look down on the widow, helping widows is important enough to be mentioned in Tanach. This false belief was highlighted once again in a message sent to me in response to my latest campaign. The campaign is all about assisting a widow. I am sad that anyone would have such thoughts. So I decided to share a little more about my work assisting widows and orphans. Yes, widows do have very real needs.

Did you know that I am working on developing an OT centre? Well, one of the services of this centre focuses on empowering widows and orphans, according to their own unique needs.

Background to my work with widows and orphans

Actually, helping widows and orphans is not something new for me. It has been an interest of mine for very many years for a few reasons:

1) My grandmother was widowed when she was half way into her pregnancy with my late father, i.e. 4 1/2 months. As a child I did not really understand what a widow is. However, the needs of the widow began to be etched into who I am from a very young age.

2) I was orphaned from my father, who, as you can see from number 1 was born without a father. I was still at school when my father died suddenly.

3) My mother was widowed from her second husband during my first year of working as an OT.

These experiences sensitized me to the needs of widows and orphans. As a result, in recent years, they have become part of the services I am developing. Yes, real services. Let’s take a look at this a little further.

Some of the Services of my Centre

I am working on develop an OT centre. The nature of services to be offered in the centre have changed over time until I came to focus on the services mentioned in this website. These service focus on assisting women in the role of wife and mother. Some of the women are blessed with being married, G-d willing for many healthy years. Others are widows. The widows have certain needs and those who are orphans have other needs. These needs have to be addressed. It is not only my idea to empower widows and orphans, the need to assist widows and orphans is outlined in many places in Tanach. Here is just one example:

“כל אלמנה ויתום לא תענון”

All or every widow and orphan do not oppress (Exodus 22:21)

In an earlier post, I have introduced some ideas about Occupational Therapy and Widows.

Creating the right environment and being able to meet the needs that I have identified requires funding. For quite a few years I tried developing a store based on the concept of the thrift store or op shop. As you can see in the video below, we collected up new, un-used items, some of which went to begin the home of orphans and some were sold in order to cover the expenses of setting this up.

Sadly, our sales were not well enough supported. One of the biggest problems was the extent to which buyers insisted on undercutting our prices. When we moved a little over a year ago, we lacked the funds to both move our store and to house our store. As a result we sent over 40 boxes of gifts to an orphanage in Jerusalem. The result was that at least 7-8 Kallot who were orphans had a substantial start to their new home.

Another service we had been setting up is our bridal gown Gemach. Sadly, due to lack of funds, we are having to sell off and close this service too. However, we have not given up. We have merely changed to a different business structure.

Changes to our Services

Our new venture can be seen on our online store.  As you can see from the start of our new store, instead of collecting unwanted items and selling them at low prices, we are working on making up a range of gifts and selling them at proper prices. Some of these gifts come from my own art, others will be made by widows and orphans in order to help to give them the start in becoming self-sufficient.

Learning from other Programs to help Widows

For those who still like to judge me, let us take a look at some wonderful work happening in the US by widows helping widows.

If you have watched the above video, you will come across a powerful statement:

“Grief is not taboo and it is not contagious” ~ Audrey Pellicano RN MS

I hope to share further important work happening to strengthen widows and orphans. Both of these are very important.

I hope that by reading a little about the work I am involved in, that those who like to judge the fact that I am currently assisting a specific widow will begin to change their mind. Those who have suffered from the loss of a spouse or parent are not contagious. They have done nothing wrong and they are in deed in need of our help.

This post is written by Shoshanah Shear, occupational therapist, healing facilitator, certified infant massage instructor, freelance writer and co-author of “Tuvia Finds His Freedom” and author of “Healing Your Life Through Activity – An Occupational Therapist’s Story

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