How to grow your network — and get gigs — as a freelance writer
Jan 13, 2022
You might be surprised to discover that one of the most effective ways to find new gigs is to network.
Networking is one of the fastest and easiest ways to find new work as a freelance writer because it’s all about who you know.
If you’re hoping to expand your gig base, here are some of the best ways to grow your network.
How to get gigs through your freelance writing network
- Connect with other writers. That’s right. Start by connecting with other writers. We’re always passing along gig information and recommending writers to clients when we’re swamped. Join freelance writing groups on LinkedIn and Facebook and make connections on Twitter. We also frequently post job leads in the exclusive Freelance Writer Academy Facebook group.
- Maintain relationships with editors. Once you have good relationships with editors, maintain those contacts. In many cases, editors that like you will bring you on to other projects. We’ve gotten gigs at Forbes, The Balance, and other outlets, just from maintaining relationships with editors.
- Go to conferences. Even digital conferences can be worth your time. You have the chance to network with brands, marketing people, agencies, and editors when you attend conferences. This can be a way to get to know people who might want to hire you later — or who can refer you to gigs later.
- Go to LinkedIn. Don’t forget to network on LinkedIn. Connect with editors and others at companies you want to work with. Update your profile so you’re more likely to show up in searches.
As you expand your network, you can get inside info on available gigs, find referrals, and even eventually get better-paying jobs.
Looking to get started? Check out our guide on how to find paid writing gigs.