Freelance writers who want successful writing careers must be on LinkedIn. I know some of you reading this are already there, but even if you are, do you take full advantage of the site?
How LinkedIn Helps Freelance Writers
I’ve gotten assignments from editors and companies that have found me on LinkedIn, and I know of many others who’ve had the same experience, including freelancers using LinkedIn Profinder. And LinkedIn allows you to showcase your entire career and all your skills, which makes it a great place to send potential clients so they can check you out. I have my LinkedIn profile in my e-mail signature, and several new clients have said that they looked at my profile and were very impressed by it.
Here’s a great vid that explains why LinkedIn is important and how it can help you…
I strongly recommend LinkedIn for Dummies (Joel Elad, March 2011) and The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success (Wayne Breitbarth, also March 2011). Both published recently, these two books have been my bibles, especially LinkedIn for Dummies.
What Other Freelance Writers Say
Many others have written excellent posts about how you can make the best use of LinkedIn. For general advice, go to Social Media Examiner and use the search function to find the relevant posts. For specifics related directly to freelance writers, see:
Connect with Me…
Connect with me — John Soares on LinkedIn. I’m open to connecting with other serious freelance writers and business-oriented people, so feel free to send me an invitation.
However, I’m picky about who I associate with, and you’ll need to meet certain criteria:
- Have most of your profile filled out so that you look professional
- Write me a couple of sentences that explains who you are and how you know about me
- Be involved with a business that I consider ethical and reputable
Are you on LinkedIn? If so, what are your results? If you’re not, why not?