How do I get freelance writing jobs with Advertising &/or PR agencies?

I would like to do some freelance business writing for local companies or ad/pr agencies but don’t know how to begin marketing my services. I’d also like to break into freelance magazine or newspaper writing. Any help in how to break into these markets would be appreciated.

The best routes to take are to research the process of starting a business as well as the industry you’re interested in.

Associations may be a good avenue to explore as well. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you’ll inevitably have as well as many you haven’t anticipated yet. See the source box for some relevant links.

Research, research, research – this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can about the industry. Here are some book titles that are relevant:

* Start and Run a Profitable Freelance Writing Business: Your Step- By-Step Business Plan (Self-Counsel Business Series) by Christine A. Adamec
* How to Become a Fulltime Freelance Writer: A Practical Guide to Setting Up a Successful Writing Business at Home (Road Map to Your Writing Career) by Michael A. Banks
* The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency As a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less by Peter Bowerman
* The Freelance Success Book: Insider Secrets for Selling Every Word You Write (Write It, Sell It) by David Taylor
* Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments by Jenna Glatzer

I also posted links to some free articles in the source box.

Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!

5 thoughts on “How do I get freelance writing jobs with Advertising &/or PR agencies?

  1. you need to get some connections
    just start talking to some of the people in the business and become their Friend and then use that person to get into the company and work then ask the business owner be assertive
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  2. Advertising isn’t an easy business to break into. PR is even harder; it’s all about contacts.
    That said, I work in publishing (marketing manager for a magazine). If someone came in and was enthusiastic about writing advertorials or collateral I’d be psyched (most people want to write pithy stuff) – as long as they had a portfolio proving they could write copy. It’s practically impossible to solicit business without a track record. Ask people you know if they want you to write press releases for them or create ads/marketing collateral for free. When you have enough of those examples you can put your profile up on Guru and go to different businesses to sell your services.
    Good luck!
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  3. Get the Writer’s Market… it has hundreds of pages of magazines and publications that utilize freelancers.

    Put together a portfolio of your best work and make it look nice, Mail it out to businesses and call after a few days to follow-up. (I did this in grad school and was able to live off of the money I made from 3 or 4 clients) Do your research first so you know who is in charge of marketing, etc. Even better if you know someone in the company who can put in a good word for you.
    References :

  4. The best routes to take are to research the process of starting a business as well as the industry you’re interested in.

    Associations may be a good avenue to explore as well. These organizations will address many of the thoughts, questions and concerns you’ll inevitably have as well as many you haven’t anticipated yet. See the source box for some relevant links.

    Research, research, research – this cannot be stressed enough. Read as much as you can about the industry. Here are some book titles that are relevant:

    * Start and Run a Profitable Freelance Writing Business: Your Step- By-Step Business Plan (Self-Counsel Business Series) by Christine A. Adamec
    * How to Become a Fulltime Freelance Writer: A Practical Guide to Setting Up a Successful Writing Business at Home (Road Map to Your Writing Career) by Michael A. Banks
    * The Well-Fed Writer: Financial Self-Sufficiency As a Freelance Writer in Six Months or Less by Peter Bowerman
    * The Freelance Success Book: Insider Secrets for Selling Every Word You Write (Write It, Sell It) by David Taylor
    * Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer: How to Win Top Writing Assignments by Jenna Glatzer

    I also posted links to some free articles in the source box.

    Hope that helps! I wish you much success & happiness in all your ventures!
    References :
    Associations:
    http://www.nwu.org – National Writers Union
    http://www.asja.org/ — American Society of Journalists and Authors

    Articles:
    http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Rule-of-Twelve:-Unlock-the-Door-to-Your-Freelance-Writing-Career&id=154969 – The Rule of Twelve: Unlock the Door to Your Freelance Writing Career by Suzanne Lieurance
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Making-Money-from-Freelance-Writing&id=36870 – Making Money from Freelance Writing by Amber McNaught
    http://ezinearticles.com/?Create-A-Successful-Career-As-A-Freelance-Writer&id=3482 – Create a Successful Career as a Freelance Writer by Danielle Hollister

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