A great place to start looking for freelance technical writer work is from new startups. I’ve a massed a list of ways to find potential clients and drafted an article to share with my readers. Try and see if these methods help you increase the amount of potential business to reach out to in your lead sheet.
Setup a Google alert to notify you when new startups are mentioned. Some alert ideas include the following, of courser replacing the cities with the one you want to search on.
- “new startup” AND “Los Angeles”
- “new business” AND “New York”
- startup AND funding
- startup AND acquisition
New DBA filings
Find a service that will notify you of new DBA filings in the state you wish to look for clients.
Search Job Boards
The magic here is you don’t have to wait until these companies are hiring. Query for the type of client you want and send them a letter of introduction. Here’s a list of websites where you can search specifically for startups to start sending your LOIs to.
Local Chamber of Commerce
No you don’t have to join, you can go to meetings and events as a guest. I often use the business listings on my local COC website to cold-email potential businesses within my expertise. Look at your local chapter and connect with them today.
Go to every type of business oriented meetup, conference, trade show or other event and start shaking hands. Pass out your cards to friends and colleges who might know someone who could need your service.