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October 22, 2012 3:15 PM Subscribe
I'm pretty sure I'm about to lose my job. How do I identify and pursue freelance writing opportunities in short order?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (9 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
My current job apparently has an expiration date, as in the next two weeks or so and I'm kind of totally freaking out. I have some savings, but not enough to last me more than a few months. I'm looking for full-time jobs, but in the meantime, I need some way to supplement what money I have while I continue the job search. I have a decade of writing and editing experience including articles, op-eds, annual reports, speeches, blog entries, and web copy in the public policy arena.
What is the best way to secure freelance work? Are Craigslist postings useful? Odesk? Are there some outlets or websites that are more reputable than others? I've done some Googling and research, but I'm so stressed and overwhelmed, I can't seem to sort through it all.
At this point, I'm willing to do content farm work, admissions essay help and editing, basically whatever might help pay the bills while I hope that I can find a full-time position ASAP. Honestly, I'd also like to consider writing/communications freelancing as a career as it suits my skills and I like the idea of trying to do something independently, but that is of secondary importance to finding a way to bring in some kind of income in the immediate future.
I know that there is no way to truly answer the question of how much money I can expect to earn given there's no guarantee of even getting a job, but is there any ballpark figure on what I could expect monthly?
(And yes, I know I have left out geographic location--I'm a little paranoid about people finding out about this as I am ashamed and stressed and don't want to poison the waters of potential future opportunities.)
Any hints, tips, websites, or suggestions would be hugely appreciated. (I'm also willing to look for any other kind of part-time work, but I don't have any background or experience in things like retail or restaurant server work, and I think my professional resume would work against me in this kind of thing because it just screams "I'm here only until I can find a full time job doing something else!" and I clearly have no experience in these areas.)
Sorry for the rambling. I promise I am usually a better and clearer writer, but I am, as stated above, freaking out and would be incredibly grateful for any guidance people have to offer. Anonymous email: firstname.lastname@example.org