3 Things You Need for Consistent Freelance Writing Work

The big question a lot of new freelance writers ask is how the heck do you get consistent freelance writing work?

For a lot of you, you’re sick and tired of writing one-off pieces never to get an email from your client asking you for another project.

I have very few ad hoc clients and that’s because I need regular clients to make a living writing.

3 Things You Need for Consistent Freelance Writing Work

But you want to know a secret? It’s pretty easy to find consistent work. I haven’t had any problems since I started over two years ago as a new freelance writer. My first two gigs were consistent work. And from there I picked up more recurring projects and also had some ad hoc clients here and there.

Stop Racking Your Brain

It can become easy to start doubting yourself and wondering why you can’t land any consistent work.

It might be the places you are looking for work aren’t the best. It could be your work needs some fine-tuning from the editor, which means more money for the client (they have to pay you as well as the time the editor takes to edit your post).

If you’re a new freelance writer and unsure how to step away from one-off pieces or little side projects, here are three things you need in order to have some consistent work as a freelance writer.

1. Exceed Expectations

This goes without saying. If you exceed expectations, I can assure you that you will get more work from one client.

But how do you exceed expectations when you don’t want to to do too much and waste your valuable time?

For me I like to exceed deadlines, be prompt when a client emails me (even in the evenings or on the weekends since my clients live all over the world), and above all, make the work on their end easy and a breath of fresh air.

When an editor gets your post and doesn’t have to edit it or work on it, it makes their life a thousand times better. I asked this editor if they could elaborate more on what they said.

The submissions that I get here on the blog sometimes make me want to cry because they’re so generic. I actually use your work in the responses that I send to these folks.

So, for this editor, my posts have value that makes the content much better than the submissions they get for their blog.


2. Properly Formatted and Properly Submitted

I have a pet peeve y’all – I dislike blog posts that aren’t properly formatted.

What do I mean by that? Failing to:

  • Use subheadings
  • Use H2 or H3 tags
  • Add white space when they write
  • Use bullet lists or numbered lists
  • Use visual elements in their post to break up the post

Another thing new freelance writers may not know is that there is a proper way to submit your work. And this all goes back to formatting your post. If you use Google Docs to draft up a post and send it to the client, it’s definitely not formatted.

Oh yea! You betcha I have a video on that in my course 🙂

Why do I harp on this so much? It’s because doing these little things impresses your clients, cuts down their time and helps you become the go-writer for them.

This means consistent work.

3. Follow Up

Guess what? Clients get busy. They may have more than one freelance writer on call and they may miss you and move on to the next writer.

I have one client that doesn’t seek me out for work. I have to email them every month, pitch ideas so that I can get work that month. I’m fine with that. This client is an easy $1k for me when I need it and they value my work.

But, what if you found this client, did one project and now you haven’t heard from them in a month?

I say, create a follow-up email. Tell them how great it was to work for them and that you have some more ideas that would work on their blog.

Usually by giving them some fresh topic ideas, they are more likely to email you back for a project or two that month.

Is That All?

Well, no, not really.

There is more to landing consistent work, but these three things can help you out right now. I’m sure you’ve done some single projects over the months. Go back to them and re-connect with those clients.

The goal is to turn every project into recurring work. You can even challenge yourself 😉

Freelance writing doesn’t have to be a roller coaster. With the right tools in place, your marketing strategies and your content, you can make a living as a writer!

Over to you – how do you find consistent freelance writing work?

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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“Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. ” Wow, that is awesome. I’m going to remember your tips here. Good stuff. I wonder where you’re offering your services – something like Upwork or was it another way (rather than “nickel and dime” junk places like Fiverr, etc.)? Thanks.Reply to Grant
I offer services on my blog not on those freelance writing marketing places!! Don’t go there!Reply to Elna
Thanks for the great info, Elna! Have a great week.Reply to Grant
Hi! I’m not sure if you will see this because I know it’s an older post, I’ve been wanting to take your course for freelancing but I want to get a great laptop before I sign up. Do you have any recommendations? I have been looking at the HP Envy 2-n-1 14” touchscreen? Is this a good one or would the MacBook Air be better? Or something completely different? Anything you could tell me would be helpful. Thank you!! I look forward to taking your course.Reply to Tammy
Hi Tammy, I did round up some laptops for bloggers that will be good for freelancers too: https://twinsmommy.com/best-laptops-for-blogging/
Great stuff Elna, absolutely incredible advice and yeah #3 is vital. Keep up the great work.Reply to Matthew
Hey Matthew, Thanks so much. Yes, having connection is really important. A lot of freelance writers want to be private and I always tell them, you have to get out there. Show your face, promote your posts and get on social media!!Reply to Elna
Great post, excellent tips, thank you! But what I really love – lol – is your attitude. You are so positive and inspiring. I am a very skilled writer/blogger/webmaster/author… and still struggling with getting my freelance business up and off to a running start. My downfall is pitches and finding the write folks to pitch to. I get discouraged too easily. I signed up for your email course and will follow you on Twitter and here. I’m hoping to get to post some successes soon after πŸ™‚ best, MollyReply to Molly
Hi Molly! Thanks so much! Yes finding clients can be a struggle, but what’s essential is a marketing plan to help you land consistent work.. Thanks so much!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna! Awesome post you write. Thanks for sharing amazing post. I like #2 and #3. I think both are very important for the consistency. This post is great. It helps me a lot.Reply to Haider
These are some really great points Elna! I love number one! It’s how I doubled the number of posts I do for one of my favorite clients. Putting in the effort really does have an incredible pay off. Need to work on number 3 though. My follow up skills can definitely do with a level up.Reply to Sophia
Hi Sophia! Thank you so much. I love hearing success stories. These tips totally work and yes a lot of us forget the follow up (including me)!Life gets in the way. I hope you had a happy New Year!Reply to Elna
I believe all the above points you’ve mentioned Elna are of great importance. The best thing is to ask for a ‘follow-up’. Maybe, the client responds back with a query, or even a new project. There is one client with me, who don’t send consistent work but always keep in touch about the new plans etc. So, I also feel it a good win for me, in sense of establishing a successful relationship with my client. Great post.Reply to Arfa
Hi Arfa, Thanks so much. Yes, the follow-up email can account for a lot of jobs!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna ! Thanks for these amazing tips no doubt your content is like fresh air to breath. In my observation #2 is very important in any kind of content, it’s an article or any post.Reply to Junaid
Another great post! Thank you for #3. That reminds me to get to emailing those clients I haven’t heard from in a while!Reply to Joanna
Hi Joanna! Thanks so much. Yes #3 is important for sure! Good luck on getting more recurring projects! πŸ™‚Reply to Elna
So far I’ve only got one recurring client and it was because she knew she needed the content! I’m a big fan of formatting stuff I send even as guest posts (I’ve even been known to send them as .txt files written in HTML) so I’m definitely building the Follow-Up option into my plan. I’ll have a few alternative topics planned before I even pitch someone so I know I CAN follow up if they like what I do!Reply to LJ
Hey LJ that’s great! Good luck and I hope you join us for the Book Clients Challenge!Reply to Elna