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Freelance Writing Gigs: One Powerful Goldmine When Upwork Fails

Who doesn’t want a dashboard that looks like this? Glossy freelance writing gigs, right?

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And would you mind making your Microsoft Spreadsheet look this slick? No, you wouldn’t.

Freelance Writing spreadsheet

Again, do you ever fret when your account reads like this, particularly in the middle of or by the end of the month from your freelance writing business?

earn money by writing online

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Without a doubt, many authors almost always run to Upwork for the juicy, mouth-watering jobs. Think of any job you want to do online, whether it is product reviews, general article writing, web development, or just about anything, Upwork is the café.

To many freelancers, this is where the real money is. In fact, Upwork is the new cure for one terrible disease: empty bank accounts.

upwork

I have a question for you, though. What happens when Upwork doesn’t work for you? You’ve probably sent many proposals, but you have received zero replies.

Worse, the company decides that you are a ‘shame to the body of the company’ and flags your account. And that’s it. You don’t know where to start, or whether there are alternatives to this gorilla of a company where you can find the best freelance writing gigs.

See, if you have been on the receiving end of the giant’s disapproval, there is no need to fret. There are still dapper opportunities that you can tap and land your next big deal.

Upwork is a good community, but there are many companies in the Silicon Valley that won’t mind having you onboard as long as you have what it takes to deliver the best results.

If you are still struggling to get the best alternatives, then let me help you. In this post, I am going to do the following:

  • Give you a powerful goldmine to source your next freelance writing gigs.
  • Provide a step-by-step guide on how to use the platform.
  • Outline free tips to get the most out of the platform, as I always do.

If you are ready for the charm, let’s start digging the ‘gems’.

Digital Point Forum

Digital-Point-Forums

Few people in Kenya use this forum. But this is where many clients bury themselves when seeking for direct freelancers.

Whether you are a starter, a pro writer, or someone there in between, you should create a Digital Point Forums account.

And how much does it cost to join? Nada.

 

How to use the site

Create an account if you don’t have one.

create a digitalpoint forums account

Prove that you are not a robot. To do this, find the email they sent to you upon registration, and click the account activation link.

Next, login to your account. Your panel should look exactly like mine below.

user dashboard

Now, on the top right side of the landing page is a search box. Remember, everything in this forum starts with a search. So, you need to know why you are here and what you intend to achieve.

searching the forum

Fill out that box by specifying what you would like to do. I come here for article writing. So, in my case, my keyword will be “article writers”.

my search term is article writer

Your search will return results with buying and selling buttons. Keep an eye on the former, unless you intent to sell something through the forum.

The buying threads are posted by clients seeking for FULL-TIME freelancers. If no one has told you this before, you are lucky, for you already know now.

digital point buying buttons

Open as many of those threads in new tabs. Now it is time to do some reading. Read as many of those threads as you possibly can. Then, bookmark the freelance writing gigs that you think you love.

digital point forums reading

Next, contact the potential client whose thread you find interesting. It starts with a simple conversation. To do this, click on their name in the same thread.

A modal will pop up. Find the start conversation link.

modal popup

After that, you will be presented with a form where you can write your application.

sart conversation

Secrets to Digital Point Forum Success

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What you write in the message box will determine whether you get the job or otherwise. I do not promise you that anyone will hire you from the face value, or just give you the job because you contacted them. So, here is what you should do:

  • Read the client’s requirement carefully. This will help you write a better application.
  • Quote a human pricing point. Don’t ask for ridiculous prices.
  • Tell the potential client why you think you are the right person for the job.
  • Never ask a client “How can I Help You”. Already, they addressed their problem in the buying So, remember that.
  • You should not forget to leave your email and live links to your sample articles.

 

Don’t Do the Following on DPF, or They Will Ban You

 

  • Your must never send a similar message to more than one person. The moderators will ban you from the site for six months.
  • Remember not to spam the comment box of every buying thread with links. This can get you a kick in the butt.

 

Any Success Story on Freelance Writing Gigs?

Yes, me. You see, I really wouldn’t be writing this for you if I know it is not going to help you. Digital Point Forum has given the opportunity to write 500+ articles for an array of clients.

 

Moreover, it earns me more than $400 USD part time income, creating content at least an hour and half a day.

 

And the truth is, you can make real money here. If you don’t have an account yet, then create one. Don’t be left out.

 

Final Thoughts

 

If you found this guide useful, please share it with your friends and colleagues, so that they, too, can tap into these online business ideas.

Also, if you would like us to address any thoughts that you think might be interesting, feel free to leave a comment.

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janenubia22 - December 19, 2016

Hi Mich,
I have read and done all that you have instructed. But; I have not received any email yet and my account is active, I have even started a conversation with one client. What do the clients use to pay? Does it operate the same way upwork does?

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    John Smith - December 19, 2016

    Hello Janenubia,

    Digial Point Forums is a marketplace for finding direct clients. Of course, you don’t get instant replies.It takes time. If you wrote a compelling pitch, then I am sure you will definitely get a reply.

    Patience is KEY. I hope this helps.

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