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The One Word Guide to Getting Freelance Work: Ask

by Nick Usborne

 

It’s really that simple. Ask and then keep asking.

 

Here’s how it works.

 

Let’s say you have your eyes on a company you’d really like to do some work for.

 

First you do some detective work and figure out who in the company makes decisions about hiring freelancers. There may be a number of people.

 

How do you find the names? You ask. You call the company and ask to be put through to the marketing department. You then ask who makes the decision to hire freelance writers or copywriters. If that doesn’t work the first time, you call back and try again...maybe you’ll get to speak with someone else who will be more helpful.

 

Once you have the names, start asking for work. Make a phone call. Ask for an appointment. Send a letter. Send a postcard. Send some prints or examples of your best work.

 

Most of the time you’ll either be ignored, or you’ll be told they don’t need anyone right now.

 

Don’t take it personally when that happens.

 

And here’s why...

 

When they turn you down it’s not because they never want to work with you. It’s because they don’t have a need for you at that particular moment. They’re busy, and if they don’t need you that day or week, you won’t even become a blip on their radar.

 

That’s why you keep asking.

 

You keep asking not to be a pain, but because the day or week will come when they really do need some outside help. And when you make a call or send a letter that week, they’ll say yes.

 

Now target a few more companies and follow the same process.

 

And keep one thing in mind. The only way this will work is if you wake up each morning, look at your list of prospects, and ASK.

 

 

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