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Locating Copywriting Assignments

Jul 30, 2008
There are many ways to find work as a copywriter. This article will cover a couple different methods to finding that work.

Subscribing to an online freelance marketplace is the easiest way to locate projects. There are many different online freelance marketplaces. Here are the three best sites: www.guru.com, www.elance.com, and www.findafreelancer.com. Guru.com is the biggest online marketplace. Findafreelancer.com is a European version of the other two and is smaller than them as well, but its still very helpful. These websites have search agents which will e-mail jobs to you based upon search criteria you give them. These sites charge a subscription fee, but are a great investment. They give you access to jobs you usually can't find.

Cultivating personal contacts will also produce many opportunities for work. This will allow you to creatively sell yourself. The Internet is not the first stop for many companies looking for a copywriter. Local contacts and sources will often be their first choice because they prefer to physically meet with someone. You can take advantage of this if you make contacts in your region. You should join local civic groups and your Chamber of Commerce. Make business cards and prepare a thirty-second explanation of what you do but do not to sell yourself, rather just let people know who you are and what you do. It is better to simply make the connection and then let potential customers come to you. People are more willing to do business with someone they know over someone who just gave them a sales pitch or from the Internet.

You also need a website. Many copywriters do not have a website, which can give you an edge. Here, you can publish some of your past assignments so people can look at your work. If you get your site indexed, then people searching on the Internet for a copywriter could stumble across your website. This way those needing a copywriter come to you, hassle free.

In order to find good copywriting work you must creatively sell yourself. If you set yourself up and follow these simple suggestions, then you will find plenty of copywriting assignments.
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