My Sweet November: Day 13 – Finding Work, Bootstrap Style

We’ve cruised through the technical part of the course so far. Today and tomorrow, I’ll talk about the final techy bits of successful freelance writing.

But first, some news!

After struggling to no end with WordPress, I am proud to announce I’ve finally built up my website! Granted, it needs some more content (something I’m actively working on), but it exists! The best part? It’s 100% free!

Learning to, and then actually building this convoluted website gave me an idea. I have roughly 100 pages of notes I took while Googling, checking out library books, and watching tutorials on how to do this. These notes could help you get your page done. If all goes well, I’m going to write a course all about the easiest way to do it. And because I’m a bootstrapper all the way, it’ll be free.

Last thing before we dive in…

I need to thank everyone who takes time out of their lives to read this. Sincerely, thank you!

A few minutes ago, I received the greatest validation I have ever. A fellow classmate who is also on the journey through Gina’s course said she felt inspired by my project. I’m so incredibly proud of her. She sent out 39 pitches yesterday!!! Like Gina says, “Why not you? Why not now?”

And now, without further adieu, here’s what I learned about finding leads…

Lesson 16: Sourcing Freelance Writing Work offered fantastic advice! Here, Gina says job boards are the easiest way to secure work. She offered plenty of paid and free suggestions for sourcing work. Intrigued, I took to the net to learn more.

Bootstrapping Together a Bank of Leads

Front of a traditional house in Lijiang, Yunnan, China.

The Bootstrapping Home of The Freelance Dance

Photo Credit: Herve “Setaou” BRY via Compfight cc

In 30 Days or Less to Freelance Writing Success, Gina suggests using Craigslist in San Francisco and Manhattan, among other free resources. I wondered what else was out there and turned to Google for research. My search turned up this article in The Write Life offering a list of the best Facebook groups to for writers to join. I signed up for them all (with some exception). This is how I found my first paying gig!

Unfortunately for me, I’m bootstrapping my business from the ground up. I don’t have steady work coming in to pay for monthly subscriptions, yet. So, I need to improvise as much as possible. In this case, the improvising paid off 🙂

List of Facebook Groups

There are 16 total groups mentioned in The Write Life article. Some of these have changed names, and others are hidden. These usually require payment in the form of quarterly or monthly dues.

Obviously, I’m not interested in those just yet, so I skipped over them. They’ve been removed from the master list. In the cases where the name has changed, I’ve linked the old name up to the correct group.

Here they are:

  1. The Write Life Community
  2. Calls for Submissions <— Where I got my first gig!
  3. Create Your Nomadtopia
  4. Indie Author Group
  5. Indie Writers Unite!
  6. Rockin’ the Side Gig
  7. Smart Passive Income Kindle Group – Now called, Pat’s First Kindle Book (From Start to Finish)
  8. We Blog… A Blogging Community
  9. Blogging Boost
  10. Fiction Writers Group
  11. Children’s Authors and Illustrators on Facebook
  12. Careful Cents Freelancers Club
  13. Writers Helping Writers

Secret Facebook Groups That Cost Money

Write On! Online – This is their Facebook fan page and not a group. For more info, visit Write On! Online’s website.

Writers Write – This is their Facebook fan page and not a group. For more info, visit Writers Write’s website.

The Literati Writers – The Facebook group is secret and private. Access to it costs $197 per quarter. Here is their website. After reviewing their site, I’ve decided it might be something I’ll invest in eventually.

In Conclusion

I’m determined to bootstrap my business. This is why I looked to see what other options were out there when I completed the lesson. Between Gina’s suggestions in the course and the list of Facebook groups I found on The Write Life, I hope I have more than I could possibly hope to pitch. One of these groups even turned out to hold the lead that would become my first paying gig! I’m 12 days into the course, and I’ve already booked my first, real job!

I know I got really, really lucky. Still, I like to think that this course had everything to do with teaching me how to successfully pitch the gig. I used all of the tools Gina has taught me thus far, and, to my surprise, it worked! Wonderful news!

The important thing to keep in mind is that each pitch casts a net. By simple math, the more your send out, the more work you’re likely to score.

The next lesson, Lesson 17: 6+ Questions to Ask a Prospect, I go into the nitty gritty behind every technique and trick I used to woo my new client and land her business.

About Cruz Santana

Cruz Santana is a cancer-fighter, professional writer, editor, and business consultant specializing in web building, content management, bookkeeping, and traffic optimization strategies. A nine-year veteran of the entrepreneurial world, she has a handle on which techniques work and which don't. She isn't afraid to step out of the box to overcome challenges. An alumni of Texas A&M University, she's well-versed in science and medicine. A voracious writer, she's been featured in The Huffington Post and The Write Life. Her VA clients benefit from her experience in content management and bookkeeping. In addition, she is the author of "Phenomenal Dad: Ten Lessons on Single Fatherhood from a Tougher-Than-Nails Single Mom," her first published book! When not developing marketing strategies that flirt with the avant-guard, she loves kicking back on the couch with her small army of seven babies to watch old movies. Hitchcock films are her favorites!
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3 Responses to My Sweet November: Day 13 – Finding Work, Bootstrap Style

  1. Pingback: On Effective Cold Pitching | The Freelance Dance

  2. Thank you for the information, Cruz 🙂

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