Freelance Writer: Where Did All the Clients Go?

Is it my imagination or has the client pool diminished to a significant degree?

I browse through Elance and Guru and the only clients there are the usual “I want you to work your ass off for nothing“. Guru has always had a smaller client base than Elance, but I’m shocked that there are only about 20 new jobs posted per day…if that. Elance is crowded with those delightful clients who say such things as, “This is an easy job for an experienced writer.” or “I won’t pay you if you don’t do exactly as I say.” or “I will only accept bids to edit my 350 page novel for under $100; all others will be deleted immediately.”

Where are the true professionals? Where are the clients who are seeking quality work from a quality freelancer?

The last few jobs that I’ve had were repeat clients – clients who know my work and came back for more. Clients who actually pay my fee and don’t gripe about it because they value quality and hard work. In short, clients who are serious about their projects.

I read an excellent discussion over at The Writer’s Manifesto called Things Can Only Get Better…check it out.

My question to other freelancers out there – Where do you find clients in these hard hit economic times? Do you work solely online or do you find clients in your community as well?

Share your freelance marketing strategies with us!

Look forward to hearing from you all….

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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