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How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by ladywriter(f): 12:57pm On Apr 30, 2018
Nigeria is in good shape (you know what I mean). People are finding it difficult to eat, pay house rent, send children to school, etc. Graduates are searching for jobs endlessly. Those who have jobs are not making enough money to cater for their needs. This is why I am writing this post. It may be an answer to your prayers.

In this post, I want to teach you how to write for clients on LinkedIn and make a decent income to cater to your needs.

Introduction

Most of you know me as Ladywriter. I have trained hundreds of people on this forum on how to make money as a Freelance writer and researcher on Freelancer.com and Fiverr. For example, check out my main thread here - https://www.nairaland.com/1833989/how-make-1000-month-writing.

I created the thread in 2014. Currently, It has 344,197 views and 6,809 comments. I bet it is one of the most popular threads on Nairaland.

I started writing as a Freelance writer on Freelancer.com in 2011. I worked on the platform until I stopped in 2015. I wanted to find ways of getting writing jobs without necessarily bidding for jobs or working for agencies. It took me a while to figure it out, but I eventually did.

In 2017, I read a post on how to get clients on LinkedIn. I connected with the guy that wrote the post and I started digging out ways I could get clients as well.

I got four clients after one month and I am still working with some of them today. Since, then, I have a handful of clients I work with on regular basis. This is not the usual $5 per article stuff. You can charge as high as $20 per article (I charge more than that because of my experience in the field). It will get to a point where clients will start looking for you and start offering you jobs. God has elevated me to that realm now and you can also get there.

Warning: This is not a get rich quick scheme. It takes time and HARD WORK to be established. But once you are, getting clients continually will not be a problem.

Let's get started.

What do you need to start freelance writing online?

1. A computer connected to the internet
2. A solid understanding of how to write for businesses online. You need to be trained on how to write content that will help businesses drive traffic and sales. That is the only way you can earn more money in this business.
3. An enduring spirit. You may not get much at the beginning but as you do it on regular basis, you will start seeing improvements.
4. A Payoneer card to withdraw your earnings
5. A freelancer.com account to collect money from clients who are not able to use Payoneer to pay you.
6. Time to write. You can write at any time of the day. But if you are working you can write in the early hours of the morning or late at night.

Note: If you jump any of the steps above, you will struggle until you give up. grin

Alert!: This a very long post, so take your time to read it.

Let’s get started.

What is LinkedIn?


A lot of people are not familiar with LinkedIn. They know how to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, but when it comes to using LinkedIn, it is a no-go area for them.

The truth is, it is not as difficult as you think.

LinkedIn is a social media platform designed specifically for business owners and employees. As at January 2018, it has a total number of 500 million users and 250 million active LinkedIn users. LinkedIn is not your usual Facebook or Twitter platform where you post family pics and all manner of things. It is strictly business.

A lot of companies use LinkedIn to search for employees and prospective clients. Graduates use it to search for jobs.

Why is it easy to get jobs on LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is a platform where you can find business owners. The thing is, 61 million LinkedIn users are senior level influencers and 40 million are in decision-making positions. Also, LinkedIn is the most used social media platform amongst Fortune 500 companies. This makes it a good place to find your ideal client. Not ordinary clients, but clients with big budgets for content writing.

How do you get writing jobs on LinkedIn?


There are three ways you can explore to get writing clients on LinkedIn. I have tried all of them and 2 of them proved to be very successful. But I am not going to discuss all of them here, I will only teach you how to use one of them.

The three strategies are:
• LinkedIn search function
• Connection strategy
• Publishing strategy

I will teach you how to use the second strategy - the LinkedIn connection strategy. I have used it and it works like magic. But, I must warn you - it is not an easy strategy.

To get clients through the connection strategy, follow the steps below

1. Create an attractive LinkedIn profile.

Creating an attractive and detail profile on LinkedIn is one of the secrets to getting clients for your writing business. You can check out My profile on LinkedIn for inspiration.

Below are the tips you will want to use to create a good LinkedIn profile.

Tips for creating an attractive LinkedIn profile:


• Use a standard profile picture. LinkedIn is not Facebook, neither is it Twitter where you can use any kind of picture. It is a business-oriented platform. That doesn’t mean you must look too serious. Dress properly and smile. Smiling makes people look beautiful in pictures.
• Write a good profile description. Let your prospective client know what you do.
• Describe how your services will help prospective clients
• Fill in other details on the profile. Make sure you did not leave anything out

2. Choose a writing niche


There are different niches online. A niche is an industry such as the digital marketing niche, Saas, Tech, Business, Fashion, etc. Choose anyone you are proficient in. If you an accountant – write for financial websites online. If you like food or fashion, write for the niche. It is a good thing to choose a niche you are passionate about. I love digital marketing and the business (b2b) niches. So, I write for companies in that niche. Choose carefully and add it to your profile. If you are not yet sure, just leave it for the time being and concentrate on being a writer.

3. Create a writing portfolio to show samples of your work


Most often than not, prospective clients will want to see your writing samples. Write sample articles in your niche and post them on your blog or portfolio websites online. There are many of them and you can use them for free. Just do a Google search for “free portfolio websites for writers” and you will see them. Post your sample articles on a portfolio site and give the link to prospective clients.

4. Search for potential clients and connect with them


There is a search bar at the top on LinkedIn that allows you to search for potential clients.

You can type the niche you want to write for or the job description of people you want to connect with. For instance, I write for the digital marketing niche, so I will type “digital marketers” or “digital marketing companies” in the search bar and press enter. You can search according to location, industry, etc. But first, you will want to connect with people in the industry. Then, search for CEOs and founders of companies you will like to work with and connect with them. Make sure, you send a message with your connection request to get a suitable response. Once, they connect with you, you can ask if they need a writer for their business. I have gotten solid clients doing this. So, it works.

You can use this method to get any job you want.

That is it. The more people you add to your connection, the better your chance of getting clients.

You see, it is not as difficult as you think.

You can get enormous opportunities here. I have been offered writing jobs outside the country before – in the US specifically. So, you cannot tell where this will lead you.

Get up and start making money writing today! Don’t be a #lazyyouth.

Don't forget to connect with me on LinkedIn.

You can ask me questions, I am available today.

N.B: I just compiled a detailed e-book that enumerates the step by step process of how to search for clients on LinkedIn with screenshots- please check it out on my website.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by Sallymax: 2:58pm On Apr 30, 2018
I still want to meet you in person one day. You are one of the people here l admire a lot. And this post is a real gem for smart hustlers. Thanks

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by writeprof(m): 3:38pm On Apr 30, 2018
Welcome back should be in order. I have gained a lot from your past posts. This one is also quite educative.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by ladywriter(f): 3:55pm On Apr 30, 2018
Sallymax:
I still want to meet you in person one day. You are one of the people here l admire a lot. And this post is a real gem for smart hustlers. Thanks

Thank you @Sallymax. Don't worry, we will surely meet one day. I am glad you like the post.
Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by ladywriter(f): 3:58pm On Apr 30, 2018
writeprof:
Welcome back should be in order. I have gained a lot from your past posts. This one is also quite educative.

Thanks @writeprof. I am glad you find it useful.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by OldBeer: 4:11pm On Apr 30, 2018
¤Flies into thread, breathing heavily¤

Ladywriter thank you for your other thread. You helped me become financially independent.

I dey follow you wherever you go o!

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by ladywriter(f): 4:19pm On Apr 30, 2018
OldBeer:
¤Flies into thread, breathing heavily¤

Ladywriter thank you for your other thread. You helped me become financially independent.

I dey follow you wherever you go o!

Wow! @OldBeer, I am glad my posts have been helpful. My goal by the grace of God is to break the hold of poverty on our lives by doing legitimate business online.
Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by deafeyez: 4:37pm On Apr 30, 2018
This is quite informative. I don't love writing long articles and they make my head crack. How to I get over this. God help me.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by Asifo: 4:45pm On Apr 30, 2018
Would really liked to be trained by you if given....
Kindly let me know what your thoughts are...
mas4synergy@gmail.com
Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by ladywriter(f): 4:54pm On Apr 30, 2018
deafeyez:
This is quite informative.
I don't love writing long articles and they make my head crack.
How to I get over this. God help me.

grin grin grin Wow! You are funny. Actually, it is not easy to write. But you can do one thing - write every day no matter how small. It can be 200 words or 300 words. Just make it consistent. That way, you are training your brain and it will become a habit in no time.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by bemagnify: 4:55pm On Apr 30, 2018
ladywriter:


Wow! @OldBeer, I am glad my posts have been helpful. My goal by the grace of God is to break the hold of poverty on our lives by doing legitimate business online.
I am a Nigerian, do I need to change my location to USA and use a female account?
Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by ladywriter(f): 4:57pm On Apr 30, 2018
Asifo:
Would really liked to be trained by you if given....
Kindly let me know what your thoughts are...
mas4synergy@gmail.com

Yeah, I actually have series of training for beginners and Pro writers. Get in touch with me at virtualassistprof@gmail.com.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by EagleScribes: 6:21pm On Apr 30, 2018
Welcome back my sister ladywriter

I am more of a transcriber and proofreader than a writer. Any chance for me here?

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by ladywriter(f): 6:32pm On Apr 30, 2018
EagleScribes:
Welcome back my sister ladywriter

I am more of a transcriber and proofreader than a writer. Any chance for me here?

Thanks @EagleScribes. Yes, you can. Start by modifying your job description.You can use "Content editor" instead of a proofreader. Businesses that hire content writers will also need an editor. You can also search for transcribing jobs by searching for companies that help businesses to transcribe documents. Connect with them and let them know you are available for transcribing jobs.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by SoapQueen(f): 6:35pm On Apr 30, 2018
20 plots of land bought

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by tboibamz: 6:58pm On Apr 30, 2018
How does the payment process work? Do we use the escrow method? Or deliver and get paid (assuming we are using payoneer and not freelancer)

Thanks @ladywriter.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by EagleScribes: 7:08pm On Apr 30, 2018
ladywriter:


Thanks @EagleScribes. Yes, you can. Start by modifying your job description.You can use "Content editor" instead of a proofreader. Businesses that hire content writers will also need an editor. You can also search for transcribing jobs by searching for companies that help businesses to transcribe documents. Connect with them and let them know you are available for transcribing jobs.

Thanks a million. More grace and success for you!

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by ladywriter(f): 7:10pm On Apr 30, 2018
tboibamz:
How does the payment process work? Do we use the escrow method? Or deliver and get paid (assuming we are using payoneer and not freelancer)

Thanks @ladywriter.

It depends on your agreement with clients. What I do is to issue an invoice on Payoneer at the end of the month. I work for my clients on monthly basis. That is one thing with LinkedIn. Most clients will want to work with you on regular basis. It is not a one-off project. I calculate the number of posts x the price and I raise an invoice for it the end of the month. You can also create an invoice on Freelancer and send to your client. Most clients on LinkedIn are trustworthy. But If you know you cannot wait until the end of the month, you can charge per article.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by Nteogwuija(m): 7:13pm On Apr 30, 2018
Hi @ladywriter, thumbs up for the quality contents you've been sharing on this forum. They've been impactful. I write email sequence for clients on Fiverr, but after since my account got deported to Nigeria, I have since stopped getting clients, and to be frank, I lack the motivation to forge ahead by opening a fresh new account.

Is it possible I launch a profile on LinkedIn and be successful?

If u don't mind, I could share some of my samples with you just so you hint me on ways I could get better at what I do.

Thanks for the audience in advance. Hope to hear from you soon.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by ladywriter(f): 7:31pm On Apr 30, 2018
Nteogwuija:
Hi @ladywriter, thumbs up for the quality contents you've been sharing on this forum. They've been impactful. I write email sequence for clients on Fiverr, but after since my account got deported to Nigeria, I have since stopped getting clients, and to be frank, I lack the motivation to forge ahead by opening a fresh new account.

Is it possible I launch a profile on LinkedIn and be successful?

If u don't mind, I could share some of my samples with you just so you hint me on ways I could get better at what I do.

Thanks for the audience in advance. Hope to hear from you soon.

Email marketing is a very lucrative industry. You can get a lot of clients on LinkedIn if you are good. Launch a profile on Linkedin and reach out to email marketing companies, autoresponder companies, etc. The truth is, almost all companies use email marketing. But one thing you need to be sure of is the quality of your work. Make sure it is the best. You can send samples to my email address - virtualassitprof@gmail.com.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by tranxo(m): 7:34pm On Apr 30, 2018
Wow!!!!! And she never stops giving!!!!

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by ladywriter(f): 7:42pm On Apr 30, 2018
tranxo:
Wow!!!!! And she never stops giving!!!!

Wow! My one and only Tranxo - the businessman. Hmmm! The secret to my success is GIVING. Please get on this train, you will love the outcome. It is much better than Freelancer.com.

Waiting to hear your success story!

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by tranxo(m): 7:51pm On Apr 30, 2018
ladywriter:


Wow! My one and only Tranxo - the businessman. Hmmm! The secret to my success is GIVING. Please get on this train, you will love the outcome. It is much better than Freelancer.com.

Waiting to hear your success story!
Lol. I am going straight to LinkedIn to dust my account. I hope I can still remember the password.

Givers NEVER lack.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by Carmal90(m): 8:13pm On Apr 30, 2018
ladywriter:


Wow! My one and only Tranxo - the businessman. Hmmm! The secret to my success is GIVING. Please get on this train, you will love the outcome. It is much better than Freelancer.com.

Waiting to hear your success story!

I sent a mail ma
Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by Carmal90(m): 8:13pm On Apr 30, 2018
tranxo:

Lol. I am going straight to LinkedIn to dust my account. I hope I can still remember the password.

Givers NEVER lack.
Sent a mail sir
Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by dasanchez1(m): 9:26pm On Apr 30, 2018
tranxo:

Lol. I am going straight to LinkedIn to dust my account. I hope I can still remember the password.

Givers NEVER lack.
the boss wink

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by maviarcad1: 9:54pm On Apr 30, 2018
God bless you ladywiter, I read your post in the previous thread way back and it ignited my freelance passion after the odesk n elance with liberty reserve wahala of 2010. God bless you, I think people should google bamidele onibalusi, he's a great writer too or visit his website writersincharge.com, you'll learn few things. Thank you


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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by Folayinka: 9:55pm On Apr 30, 2018
God bless you mama, good to have you again and again. You've always been making good impacts. I am definitely following up on this.

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by tranxo(m): 11:05pm On Apr 30, 2018
dasanchez1:
the boss wink
Lol. The boss of bosses.
Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by dasanchez1(m): 11:12pm On Apr 30, 2018
tranxo:

Lol. The boss of bosses.
believe this at your own peril grin grin grin... i wan learn work from you o based on our signature tongue

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Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by montumonami(m): 11:23pm On Apr 30, 2018
ladywriter:
Nigeria is in good shape (you know what I mean) today! Don’t be a #lazyyouth.

You can ask me questions, I am available today.
..innovative post..... I'm not a good writer though... Can i get other jobs such as graphics design on this platform with this method?
Re: How To Make A Decent Income Writing For Clients On Linkedin by FESTAC101: 2:00am On May 01, 2018
Thanks Op,please if I want to use Payoneer to receive payment,would they require that I send my full name and account details to the client to effect payment or just my payoneer email address.

I am asking because the LinkedIn account I opened for this purpose has a different name from the name on my payoneer

Thanks.

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