By Joe Dyton
Hello! It’s been a little over a week since my last post. I’ve been traveling and had a few deadlines to meet, but I am back to what I hope will be a regular writing schedule.
Over the past week, I’ve been hard at work looking for new writing clients. I’ve gotten some responses; they have varied from, “Thanks for the email, we’ll keep your information on file should the need arise” to “We don’t have a freelance budget right now.” It’s frustrating at times, but I know if I want to make a freelance writing career happen, I have to keep reaching out to companies, publications, etc.
As I’ve mentioned, along with looking for clients I have been reading up on how to expand my business, where to find clients, etc. One of my resources has been Shawndra Russell’s “How to Become a Freelance Writer in 30 Days”. Last night, I explored Step #13 which is to join your local Chamber of Commerce. According to Russell, it’s a great way to make contacts and meet potential writing clients. You might even get a chance to write for the Chamber of Commerce itself.
Before I wrote a check to join, I wanted to see what it was all about. Luckily, my local Chamber held a happy hour for young professionals which it allowed me to attend. I’m glad that I went; I got to meet some interesting people from a wide range of professional backgrounds; water cooler sales, public strategy companies, medical centers, home renovations and more. If you’re looking for a way to meet potential clients outside of the usual email/phone/mail route; I recommend looking into your local Chamber of Commerce. If it holds networking events like mine does, you’ll be in a room full of people who work for businesses that could use a writer. A couple of people I met told me that their companies were a little shorthanded when it came to writers. My hope is I will be able to help them down the road.
I decided that I am going to join my local Chamber of Commerce. Here’s hoping it leads to some new business and friendships.
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Joe Dyton (@dyton99) is a freelance journalist and copywriter in Washington, DC. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.