If you have been working from home for a while now and are frustrated with the constant change of things, it may be time to start thinking about creating some long-term relationships. Long-term business relationships have been proven to bring in more work and a more constant flow of cash.
One of the main complaints that I hear from people working from their homes, is the fact that they never know what they may end up doing on any given day. The constant change and unfamiliarity of things can really throw people off. If this sounds like you, it’s time to try something new.
There are many websites on the internet that can help you find long-term clients. Not only that, but social networking sites have become a very popular way to search for work as well. Simply typing something like “work from home” into Google or Facebook for example, is going to bring up a lot of options. While weeding out the good and the bad can be a bit tricky, you’d be surprised how many people you will meet along the way that can either give you work leads or even hire you themselves.
If searching for clients isn’t something you feel comfortable with or seems to take too long, you can always have the clients find you. While this may take a bit longer, it does work. On Facebook or Twitter for example, you can post something as simple as, “Professional Writer. Looking for long-term employment” with a link to a blog post that has examples of your work. This alone can bring in quite a few hits. It’s important to think about what someone looking for a writer would search for. Using words like: writer, article, blog, forum etc. will help quickly explain what you do. The shorter the better initially, because you want to get their attention fast.
This works the same way as keywords that you may add to your blog posting or website in order to get more traffic. Instead of getting traffic to those things, you are trying to promote yourself and get people to notice you.
I know this may sound a bit scary at first and it may not get results over night but the more you put yourself out there, the quicker you are going to see results from your work and are going to find jobs.
My personal favorite thing about long-term clients is that you really get to know the individuals, you get a feel for what they’re looking for and the jobs they have you do become second nature. I used to be all about mini-jobs here and there, but those can be really tough to keep track of and the transitioning between one assignment and the next can be difficult. Long-term relationships have proven to be much more satisfying in the long run for many online workers.