Twitter is one of the biggest social media networks in the world. It was the second to go forward as a public company and it continues to draw in millions of users every day. It’s no surprise to see freelancers attempting to find gigs through Twitter.
Whilst Twitter can be a fantastic platform for getting more work, you have to go about it in the right way or it’s bound to fail. Let’s take a look at five useful ways to find freelance jobs through Twitter.
- Share for the Right Audience
Find out what sort of people you’re trying to attract and start to watch what they post about. You need to figure out a way to hook them in the first place. The easiest way to do this is to share the things they’re interested in.
It’s an easy way to start a conversation, and when you begin talking there’s no telling where you might end up.
- Interact with Prospects
Once you’ve found some prospects you’d like to get to know, move in slowly. Start by following them and introducing yourself. It doesn’t have to be anything more than a greeting at this point.
As time moves on, interact with their Tweets. Reply to what they’re saying and share some of their content. Connect with them on the basis of mutual interests and get talking. Only when you’ve become friends with them should you start to talk about any work that may be available.
- Make Them Follow You
This is exactly the same tactic as the point above. The difference is you’re doing this passively. Craft content to encourage people to interact with you. As soon as you get that first reply, you can start a conversation and begin grooming them to become a potential client.
If you’ve done your research, you will be bringing in the sort of people who you will want to be working with. Notice they’re the wrong people? You need to alter the sort of content you’re posting.
- Find the Job Listings
Believe it or not, there are accounts popping up every day that are dedicated to posting about the latest jobs for freelancers. Find them by using the Twitter search function. If you happen to like a specific account, add them to a list of favourite users and check back on a regular basis.
This is the most direct way of gaining access to prospects.
- Check the Hashtags
Hashtags are a vital tool for any freelancer searching for a job. First of all, let’s establish that you’re highly unlikely to find someone who’s offering a job through a hashtag. They’d find themselves inundated with applications in a matter of minutes. No, this is the ideal place to network with people in your field.
We recommend interacting through hashtags as part of your long-term strategy. Connect with freelancers and potential clients you like. In time, you’ll discover they might have work for you.
It’s a Process
What you’ve probably noticed from this article is there are no quick fixes. If you need a job right now, you won’t find it from Twitter. Twitter should become a part of your social media marketing campaign. Unlike other social media platforms, you have the power to connect with people directly. You don’t always have to wait for them to come to you.
The key is to not force these relationships. Don’t even talk about potential work until you’ve been speaking to someone for at least a few weeks. You need to make this relationship mutually beneficial.
Follow these tips and Twitter could become the ideal marketing and networking tool for you.