Last night I headed down to Farringdon to a freelancing meetup organised by the lovely people at PeoplePerHour.com (PPH), a site dedicated to connecting freelancers with clients. At PPH, freelancers bid on projects posted by clients who then hire and pay their favourite freelancer directly through the site.
During the night I spoke with lots of freelancers who raved about PPH and had all found plenty of freelancing work through it. They had some great advice for me, so here are some of the top freelancing tips I picked up from professional freelancers at the event.
Top Tips For Freelance Copywriters
- Talk to people whenever you can — you never know where it might lead.
- Be patient — prepare to wait for networking to pay off. The effort you put in now could lead to something valuable in the next few days, weeks or even months, but could then turn into a working relationship that lasts for years.
- Write a freelancing bid like you’re speaking to the recipient face-to-face. Be friendly and approachable: invite the client to get in touch to chat about their job.
- Update your PPH Profile with as much detail as possible. A profile picture, portfolio snapshots and your work experience all help clients to build up an impressive picture.
- Use the PPH forums to pick up tips from other freelancers, promote your profile and even speak to potential clients.
- Get some business cards printed and carry them with you. If you can’t afford bespoke designs, Vistaprint.co.uk do some good deals on template designs — I got 250 for just under £6.
- Link your PPH profile to your blog or website — you can view mine on the right hand side of this page. For the ready-made code, you can use PeoplePerHour’s button generator here.
- Ask for recommendations via PeoplePerHour to add to your profile (just like the ones on LinkedIn). A glowing reference from a previous employer will impress the people you bid for in the future.
- Use Twitter. Almost everyone I spoke to asked for my Twitter username as well as a business card. If you’re a freelancer and not currently tweeting, this should be top of your to-do list.
- Freelancing doesn’t have to be from home: the PeoplePerHour ‘We Mean Business’ meetup was hosted at Club Workspace, a co-working space in Farringdon available for freelancers to use.
Does It Work?
Judging by the comments from the freelancers I spoke to, PeoplePerHour is the best online source of freelancing work out there. PPH genuinely care about creating valuable connections between professionals and understand the issues faced by freelancers in all professions.
PeoplePerHour.com currently lists over 120,000 freelancing jobs and it’s about to get even better. Apparently their developers couldn’t join the meetup as they were back at the PPH offices getting ready for some exciting new developments!
If you’re a freelance copywriter looking for work, get involved: create your PeoplePerHour profile, start using the online resources and chatting in the forums. Give it a try and let me know if it works for you!
Were You There?
Were you at the PeoplePerHour meetup? What did you think? Let me know in the comments, or you can tweet me @cavatica_copy.
Check out the PeoplePerHour Facebook page for pictures from the event and more updates as they happen!