I found my first clients on Elance. I registered with them in January 2005 and started bidding on projects. The next day I was assigned a 500-word article on Chinese fabric, which I was paid Elance’s minimum fee of $50 for. Since then I’ve been awarded a wide range of projects including: books of poetry, press releases, on hold messages, sales letters, short stories, editing, eulogies, speeches, blog posts, eBooks, magazine articles, web articles, product descriptions, web pages, box copy for a variety of products and more.
After finding success with Elance, I also registered with Guru and landed a fair amount of projects there as well.
Beyond that, client referrals are a key to my success. Additionally, I take brochures and business cards with me everywhere and have a link to my website and my blog under my signature on every email I send. When I complete a project, I let the client know about the other services I offer, which very often leads to more work.
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Hana Haatainen Caye has a full-time writing (and voice-over) business and is paid on a regular basis for her writing. She is a regular contributor for Pinpoint Publications, has sold over 60 poems (being paid anywhere from $30/poem for a collection of 30 poems to $200 for a single poem). Clients hired Hana to write eulogies, press releases, SEO web content, blogs, speeches, YouTube scripts, comedic monologues, short stories, ebooks, on hold messages, sales letters, sales scripts and countless articles.