Everyone who has ever freelanced will tell you the same thing: the best way to find remote jobs is through networking and word of mouth. It’s not enough to just put your CV on job sites and wait for responses. You really have to get out there and make connections with people who can give you advice and introduce you to potential employers. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t also work hard on creating a personal brand, which involves building up your online presence, establishing a profile on relevant websites, and stocking your resume with all the details of your education, skills, experience, interests, and so on. Here are some tips that will help you get started in finding remote copywriting jobs.
Build a strong personal brand
Freelancers are as good as their brands, and copywriting is no different. Before you think about networking, CV-building, or landing clients, you have to think about your brand. You have to ask yourself what kind of branding you want to do. Do you want to focus on a specific niche or sub-niche? Do you want to create a brand that focuses on various topics, but with a consistent voice? Or something in between? Your branding will help you to stand out amongst the crowd, and make it easier for potential employers and clients to find you. Your branding should be clear and consistent, whether you choose to brand yourself as a topic-specific or general copywriter. You can do this by making sure that all of your social media accounts and websites are connected, and that each one has the same voice as the others. You can also express your brand through your wardrobe and the visual representation of yourself. And, of course, you should make use of your own name or pen name in your branding.
Network, network, network
If there’s one thing that all freelance remote copywriters can agree on, it’s that the best way to find clients is through word of mouth. Getting introductions from current clients, friends, and colleagues is always going to be a far more effective way to land jobs than simply putting your CV on job sites and waiting for responses. So, while you’re building your brand, getting your website and social media accounts ready and stocked with useful information, and creating a stellar CV, don’t forget to network. Join online communities and forums related to your field, and get to know your fellow remote workers. Join Facebook groups related to copywriting, blogging, and other jobs related to writing, and have a poke around their conversation threads to see if you can add anything useful to the discussions.
Put your CV on remote job sites
Remote job sites like Upwork, Freelancer, and LinkedIn are a great place to start if you’re looking for remote copywriting jobs, but you shouldn’t rely on them exclusively. These sites are a good place to put your CV out there and see who responds, and they’re also a great place to research potential employers and get an idea of what remote jobs are available out there. That said, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get responses back from these sites, and it’s almost impossible to tell if they’re legitimate. That’s not to say that you should ignore these sites completely though. They’re a good place to start, especially if you don’t have a portfolio or any experience to put on your CV. Remember, though, that you should always get permission from the employer before you put your CV on any site. Many job sites have a strict policy about not accepting CV submissions unless you have the express permission of the employer to do so.
Don’t forget to also look for remote copywriting jobs in-house
Even if you don’t have any experience at all, and you’re just looking to get your foot in the door as a remote writer, you should also try to find remote copywriting jobs in-house. In-house employers are much more likely to hire someone who hasn’t had any experience before but is keen to learn, and they’ll often pay less than if you were hired as a remote contractor. Even though you’ll be working in-house, you’ll still get many of the same benefits of being a remote worker: set hours, flexible schedule, and a community of remote workers with whom you can network. Finding remote jobs in-house is a lot like finding remote jobs with clients. You have to go out there, get your name and CV/resume out there, and make connections. You can also use job boards and social media groups to find in-house positions.
Solid skills and soft skills matter most
When you’re searching for remote copywriting jobs, it’s easy to get caught up in the numbers game. You want to make sure that you’re applying to as many jobs as possible, and you want to make sure that you’re getting as many applications out there as possible. Trust us, you’ll feel much better if you actually apply to a bunch of jobs, even if you don’t get any of them. In fact, there’s some data that indicates that applying to lots of jobs may actually improve your chances of getting hired. Unfortunately, you can’t really control whether or not you’ll get hired. While you can control the number of applications that you send out, you can’t control whether or not you’ll actually get hired. The best thing that you can do is make sure that you have a creative, well-written resume and CV. Make sure that you can back up everything that you’re listing, and that you show potential employers that you have the soft skills that they need.
Freelance remote copywriting jobs are a great choice for those who want to live a more flexible lifestyle while still earning a good income. If you are interested in freelance copywriting, you will want to start by building a strong personal brand. You should also network with other writers, put your CV on remote job sites, and not forget to also look for remote copywriting jobs in-house. Solid skills and soft skills matter most when applying for jobs, so make sure that you have a creative, well-written resume and CV.