pitching

  • The One Email You MUST Send As A Freelancer

    Do your family and friends know what you do as a freelancer?

    You might assume they do. But it’s a bit like that scene in Friends where none of the gang quite know what Chandler does all day, aside from hanging out in coffee shops. Actually, it’s a LOT like that…

    The reality is, they might know vaguely what you do, but they might not know exactly how you help people, or who your ideal customer is. A lot of freelancers I know are overly modest about what they do, so feel deeply uncomfortable with sharing what their achievements are or asking for help, especially for those in their ‘offline life’. But the results when they do are pretty amazing. People can surprise you by being really supportive, helpful and even lead generating.

    This is something you can do if you’re a fairly new freelancer, launching a new service or simply want to increase your visibility.

    I’m challenging you to write an e-mail to your family and friends. All the ones you know who you respect (you can leave out Uncle Barry who believes the internet is the devil, and that friend from primary school who only posts her ‘it’s complicated’ dating updates and Britain First posts), potentially have a network of people who would be interested in what you do or you simply want to update with your latest business updates.

    I’ve popped below an example e-mail I sent out to 10 friends and family when I launched my coaching service for freelancers. Three came back with solid leads (who became clients), a further three came back with loads of encouraging words and tips (which is rather welcome when you’re launching something new and feeling nervous), and one came back three months later with a lead after remembering my e-mail. Not bad for one simply e-mail eh?

    Here’s my example email, (the packages have changed a little since this email).

    Hi everyone.

    Hope you’re all well and enjoying the sunshine. Apologies for the mass e-mail, but there’s a cute gif at the bottom to make up for it. That’s how the internet works, right? Cute gifs solve everything?

    I don’t know if you’ve heard but I’ve recently qualified and started a life and career coaching business as part of The Freelance Lifestyle, and I would appreciate your support so much as it grows. I’m in that nervous/excited point of launching it and I’m reaching out to you to let you know about three coaching packages I have:

    • A six-month coaching package for brand new or aspiring freelancers, which includes my 30 Day Freelance Lifestyle e-course to take them through their first month
    • A six-month coaching package for established freelancers to build confidence, overcome limiting beliefs and create regular goals with accountability and e-mail support throughout each month.
    • A half-day intensive session to help established freelancers overcome business road blocks, whether it’s developing a better work/life balance, identifying new business opportunities or creating better workflows to be more productive.

    There’s more information, along with some lovely testimonials, on my coaching website.

    If you know of anyone who might be interested (or you’re interested yourself), I offer a free 15 minute, no obligation, Skype chat to find out more. Simply click this link to choose a time, or hit reply.

    I’m also offering a 20% off discount until the end of June for friends and family (that’s you!)

    My coaching clients so far have gone away feeling highly motivated, energised and with strong goals each session to build their freelance business. I also use NLP, transactional analysis and various exercises to go deep and make long-term changes, rather than quick fixes.

    (There’s likely to be a sprinkling of app and online tool suggestions to make life easier too, because I love a good productivity hack.)

    If this isn’t a good fit for you I totally understand and would be grateful if you’d forward this email to anyone you know who might be interested. Thank you for taking the time to read this. Here’s a penguin gif for your dedication.

    Thanks,

    Emma

    See? That’s not so scary is it? A nice, chatty e-mail, letting them know what you do, what’s in it for them and I even chucked in a gif (because I rarely e-mail friends and family without throwing in a gif or two).

    Give it a try. Send that email. I’d love to hear how you get on with it.

  • Three ways to find new work in April

    finding new work in april

    Happy Pitch Slap Wednesday (not sure what the hell I’m talking about? You’ll need this post then). Welcome to a new series of monthly posts identifying ways to find new business and find new business.

    Pitching for work can feel like an endless, tedious task at times, so these tasks should help keep #PitchSlapWednesday fresh!

    Online: Facebook adverts. Have you tried Facebook advertising yet? If you’ve got a page, there’s a good chance you might have given the Boost function a try. At just £3 a post, it’s worth a try eh? But have you tried using the PowerEditor function? It gives you far more freedom to pick and choose your audience – so a post about your services can reach exactly who you want it to. There’s a great guide here if you’re looking to try it out.

    Offline: Flyers. In the world of digital media, it’s easy to forget about offline old school marketing. But depending on your services, a well placed flyer or poster can be really effective. Say you’re selling a service that requires face-to-face interaction locally. It’s important to reach them in the places they’re visiting. So if you offering a service where mothers are your primary target, make sure your posters are up in community halls, nurseries if possible and kids play areas. You can create a quick and easy poster using Canva.com.

    In a communityGuest posts. When was the last time you wrote a guest post? I know, I know, sometimes it’s enough of an effort writing your own blog. But a well placed guest post can make a huge difference to your viability – and help you reach new potential clients and customers. Perhaps even consider a post swap to get a bit of accountability with another blogger?

    What will you be doing for #PitchSlapWednesday this week?

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  • Announcing: How To Pitch For New Clients, the mini e-course

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    Happy Pitch Slap Wednesday everyone! For newcomers to this blog, Pitch Slap Wednesday is a friendly little reminder that as freelancers we need to be pitching on a weekly basis – even if we’ve got a full workload now. Quiet periods can creep up on you very easily, especially around this time of year, so having a line up of potential work is a Very Wise Move (and hey, if you get it you could share the workload with another freelancer).

    Pitching isn’t just for experienced freelancers though. It’s an essential part of building a business when you’re new. Essential but a bit scary when it’s a whole new world.

    A couple of months ago, the lovely Madeleine Noble Jones got in contact and asked if I did a pitch-specific e-course. Which sounded like a brilliant idea. So, I’ve put together the How To Pitch For New Clients mini e-course.

    It covers a multitude of topics, including:

    • How to identify your ideal client
    • How to match your services to their needs
    • How to sum up your services in a sentence
    • How to use freelance bidding sites
    • How to prepare for and excel at networking
    • How to use LinkedIn to boost your business
    • How to create a pitching document
    • How to set up a newsletter that could win you clients
    • How to set up your terms and conditions

    *Please note, if you’re already a member of the 30 Day Freelance Lifestyle E-Course, areas of this will be covered. However, there is plenty of brand new stuff in there too!

    Until the 14th November, I’m offering this mini e-course for $49 (about £30). Like the sound of it? Want to boost your clients and your income? Simply click on the link below!

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    What are you planning to do for #Pitchslapwednesday this week? Let me know in the comments or through Twitter!

  • Let’s Pitch Slap Wednesday: Finding new clients

    #PitchSlapWednesday

    I’m not really in the habit of telling little white lies or giving the impression I’m the perfect freelancer. Telling porkies tends to only adds pressure to others (and a whole heap on myself). I like to be honest with you – whether it’s about the state of my accounts or a change in the approach I’m taking. I love freelancing, but it’s not all onesie Wednesdays and tweeting for brands.

    So, here’s my truth this week: I have been a lazy freelancer in 2014…in terms of finding new clients. Work has been happily busy, but I’ve lapsed a little bit in terms of hunting down new clients. When things are going well, it’s easy to let these things slip – and you only realise when something happens to a regular client and you’re in a state of panic about finding more regular income.

    Chatting in the Facebook group for my Freelance Lifestyle Ecourse Alumni, several others felt the same – whether they’re brand new freelancers or experienced. So, in the spirit of adopting an accountable approach where we can share tips and set ourselves goals, I’m renaming today ‘Pitch Slap Wednesday’. Today, I want to make step to hunting down some new clients – and I want you to join me!

    So, here’s what to do. Choose three things from the list below, and put them into action today. There are a mix of tasks that take between a few minutes and a couple of hours, so even if you’re tight for time you should still be able to do something.

    • Update social media bios with your latest info and keywords – 10 minutes
    • Find a local networking event, and book your place/email the organiser – 45 minutes
    • Update PeoplePerHour/Hourlie/website bidding site bios – 45 minutes
    • Look up the hashtag for your local area on Twitter, and have a browse for potential opportunities. Tweet using the hashtag – 15 minutes
    • Pull up Google, and look for the local business parks. Look at the businesses, and consider whether it’s worth dropping a leaflet/pack round to them in the next week with more information on what they do – 60 minutes
    • Check out some of the groups on LinkedIn and Google+ that link up to the service or skill you offer – 30 minutes
    • Check out the services page on your website. Is it doing you justice? Is it SEO friendly? Spend some time auditing it, and some time on Google Keywords working out which terms work best – 60-120 minutes
    • Ask around – you’ll probably be surprised by how many of your friends and family don’t really understand what you do. Explain it in terms of what they’d need, and you’ll probably find one or two will have a lead for you – 60 minutes
    • Check out some online job sites you’ve never used – 90 minutes
    • Get in contact with previous clients, to see if they have any needs. Also, consider offering them a referral incentive if they don’t have anything for you but know someone who does – 30 minutes
    • Consider a special offer – whether it be a 30 minute taster session, discount if they pre-book several months work or a free ebook when they purchase your services. – 30 minutes
    • *NEW* Give LinkedIn Pulse’s new blogging platform a try – a great way to reach out to business contacts – 1 hour
    • *NEW* Create a Slideshare presentation to share publicly (this is on my list today!) – 1 hour
    • *NEW* Check in with your previous clients, to see if they have any needs – 30 minutes

    How will you boost your freelance business today?

  • How to pitch locally

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    In my post on Monday, I mentioned about doing a post on how to pitch locally – and I had quite a few people get in contact to say they really wanted to read it. So here it is!

    As is often the case with The Freelance Lifestyle, the posts I write challenge me to up my game as much as they (hopefully) do for you. I have been a lazy pitcher, so writing this post has givin me the kick up the butt I need.

    How to pitch slap your local community

    I’ve come up with five steps to pitching to your local community.

    1) Identify who your local community is

    Who is your local community? I live in Bracknell, so my direct community is in my town, but often expands out to the larger Berkshire (and occasionally Hampshire) area. If you’re based in one of the big cities, go for a particular area. This doesn’t necessarily need to be your immediate local area though.

    Another thing to consider is who your target customer is. For me that’s generally women aged 20-45, often mums who have just started their own business. So for me, it’s smart to focus on areas where this target market will be – like schools, community groups and Facebook Gossip Girl groups. One of the best ways to find out more about where they are is to get networking.

    2) Identify your own USP

    What makes you stand out from the competition? What’s your unique selling point? It could be your experience, your knowledge or your ability to work well with people. This will help you build your pitch.

    3) Decide on a pitching method

    How do you want to pitch? There are lots of different ways. You could:

    • Give out flyers at your local business park
    • Head to a networking event
    • Email pitch. (My method of choice)
    • Offer clients an incentive to recommend you to others (I’ve just emailed my clients to offer them a £15 Amazon voucher if they refer me to someone who then hires me)
    • Cold call. I’m afraid I’m not brave enough to do this, after spending a couple of years doing it in various jobs, but if you have the gift of the gab this might be your best option. As a personal note, I hate being phone pitched to.

    4) Develop your pitch

    I’m a big believer in keeping things short and sweet. Most people get enough emails and calls, so you want to get to the point as soon as possible. Same goes for networking and flyers. The beauty of the internet is that you can put more detail on your website, and give them the URL.

    The basic things you’ll need for your pitch is –

    • An idea of what their business is and does
    • An idea of what they’re currently doing instead of the service you offer (for example, if you’re a social media manager, do they have a social media presence already?)
    • A short (ideally just a couple of lines) introduction to what you do.
    • A couple of lines on how your services can help them
    • An introduction offer – this isn’t essentially, but sometimes an introduction offer can help edge that person into getting in contact, which brings us to…
    • Contact details. How else are they going to get in touch?

    For years, I avoided pitching because I thought it had to be in a certain format – and very formal. Actually, I think local businesses prefer something a little more personalised and friendly.

    Sketch out an idea of what you want to get across, and if you’re emailing or giving out flyers put together the content for a template.

    5) Do it!

    Pitching has been on my To Do list for the last two weeks. Actually, it’s been on my To Do list for months, but I’ve been putting it off due to wedding and honeymoon stuff. Now that’s done, I’ve decided to block out tomorrow to get pitching.

    There are things you shouldn’t do though…

    How to be a bad pitch b*tch

    • Dropping someone a long, long email about your service. What’s your first reaction when you get a long email? I usually delete it or put it in the ‘read it later’ folder that I never actually read. They’ll probably do the same.
    • Pitching without listening. If you’re doing your pitching over the phone or at a networking event, don’t forget to listen. Think about it – is it better to pitch to someone without knowing much about their business, or smarter to spend five minutes finding out about their business so you can tailor your pitch to them? Additionally, I’ve been to some networking events where someone (and I’m afraid to say, it’s usually a man) strolls up, throws their pitch in my face, then looks bored as soon as they realise I’m not their target market. Even if someone isn’t right for your business, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t show an interest – after all, they might know someone else who is perfect.
    • Not doing your research. Lazy research is going to make you look foolish when the person you’re pitching calls you out on it.
    • Follow up to networking pitches. Had a great conversation with someone? Don’t forget to drop them an email a day or two later. Sometimes, people need a prod.

    Are you a pitch superstar? What are your top tips? Share them in the comments below!

     

  • Missed the #FreelanceUK Twitter chat? Catch up here!

    The second #FreelanceUK Twitter chat took place last night, with a particular focus on pitching. We covered everything from how to pitch and who to pitch to, to debating whether pitching is necessary.

    In summary, here are a few of the most interesting points:

    • Don’t be afraid to pitch over the phone. There was a great debate about the pros and cons of phone pitching vs. email pitching. It really seems to depend on your comfort levels and the industry.
    • For a lot of freelancers, a big barrier to pitching is simply confidence – fear of rejection or being laughed at. Samantha Sparrow made a good point here – “they can only say no”!
    • It’s fine to reach out to an editorial contact on social media, as long as you follow-up with a well thought out pitch afterwards.
    • A debate started over whether pitches should be long and thorough, or short and clear. Personally, I’d suggest keeping it short and clear, as there’s a danger that your pitch might be replicated in-house – and you won’t get commissioned.

    I’d have loved to have explored the issue of some publications using taking pitches without commissioning freelancers more, but we ran out of time.

    Have a read of some of the tweets from last night below. I’m planning another Twitter chat for early February, so I’d love to hear what you’d like to talk about next.

    The #freelanceuk Twitter chat

    Storified by Emma Cossey· Wed, Jan 02 2013 01:41:09

    @dexdiva agree face to face not poss, but I used to have to come in at 5.30am and phone pitch to Oz law firm! #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    @SamRSparrow just different industries, also when writing for international publications face to face not poss #freelanceukJo Gifford
    RT @kaitewelsh: #freelanceuk One thing I’ve learnt – pitching articles really helped when it came to querying agents for my novel. Took the fear out of it!Freelance Lifestyle
    Thanks everyone for joining in the #freelanceuk chat! Feel free to leave any useful pitch resource links on the hashtag.Freelance Lifestyle
    #freelanceuk One thing I’ve learnt – pitching articles really helped when it came to querying agents for my novel. Took the fear out of it!Kaite
    @Freelance_Life I keep a list of target publications (big and small) and a very vague ideas list.#freelanceukFreya Hardy
    @SamRSparrow ah i see, and all prob have different approaches #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @Freelance_Life I’d like to develop some branded prezzi/ppt slides, and a branded pitch doc for when I go more seriously #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    @dexdiva for me I’m talking editorial, training and fundraising. I take freelance work in all 3 areas #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    So, who has an action plan in place for pitching? A pitch format doc? Pitch ideas? Some targets for 2013? #freelanceukFreelance Lifestyle
    Just to check though are all taking editorial/ writing pitches? It’s different for presenting design work to a client #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @kaitewelsh don’t be silly, you are going to rock it! #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    @Freelance_Life I think I’ll always have a thing for print so that’s always my first instinct. #freelanceukFreya Hardy
    Discovery: participating in the #freelanceuk pitching chat is actually making me more stressed about the pitch I’m writing.Kaite
    @Freelance_Life my journalism course told me to pitch at the features or commissioning editor #FreelanceUKKathryn
    @Freelance_Life no not at all it tends to pay better though #freelanceukJo Gifford
    Do you think there’s a certain pressure to pitch to print? Especially if you create online content? Is it always necessary? #FreelanceukFreelance Lifestyle
    @kaitewelsh I was forced as part of a presentation skills course. I was then made to practise with my hands tied together! #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    If they are being read and not replied to something ain’t working #freelanceukJo Gifford
    You can track if someone has read an email using right inbox or similar #freelanceukJo Gifford
    Also, i am are editors don’t want to have phone calls all day #freelanceuk I have enough for my blogs even, emails are efficientJo Gifford
    @kaitewelsh try filming yourself doing a pitch. It’ll be horrible to watch back, but will teach you loads! #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    @learice if a story is good but you have already run one on Paris, say, an email pitch can be filed and come back to #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @learice disagree, editors know me and my work and store a location story on file, travel writing is diff #freelanceukJo Gifford
    RT @learice: I’d like to give the spam influx on the #freelanceuk chat special recognition for being relentless this eveningFreelance Lifestyle
    @learice no it’s literally that diff locations are scheduled for later in the year #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @dexdiva #freelanceuk decisions made quicker this way, less time wasted and opportunity to explore the perfect angle for a news story.Leanne Rice
    @dexdiva #freelanceuk Which could be avoided with a phone call, non? Sorry to be devils advocate 😉 I’m interested – My exp has seenLeanne Rice
    @kaitewelsh @SamRSparrow @dexdiva @learice Maybe it’s what you feel comfortable with – I feel like I’m clearer on paper. #freelanceukEmma Cossey
    #freelanceuk as a designer I dont pitch but as a writer I do, very diff industriesJo Gifford
    Obvs not for tech or trend based content #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @Freelance_Life yeah I think this would definitely help me get my foot in the door more. Getting an introduction if poss! #freelanceukFran Swaine
    Also sometimes in travel writing a pitch is picked up months later #freelanceukJo Gifford
    I’d like to give the spam influx on the #freelanceuk chat special recognition for being relentless this eveningLeanne Rice
    @kaitewelsh @learice @samrsparrow @freelance_life thank you! Thought was talking to a void then! 😉 #freelanceukJo Gifford
    RT @dexdiva: @UrsulaGlitch @bangsandabun @freelance_life I usually send a bio, intro, first para and bullet pointed story #freelanceukFreelance Lifestyle
    @UrsulaGlitch @bangsandabun @freelance_life I usually send a bio, intro, first para and bullet pointed story #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @SamRSparrow @freelance_life Agree! Great to cross check online database/directory listenings against social media profiles #freelanceukNatalie Baker
    RT @dexdiva: @cateca @freelance_life i read a really good book on this which helped when i started called the freelance writers handbook #freelanceukOccasionalAssistants
    @cateca @freelance_life pleasure, Igot commissioned straight away after reading it 😉 #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @Freelance_Life Slightly late to the party but just reading through the chat now. #freelanceukNatalie Baker
    @Freelance_Life research, news wires, gorkana #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @Freelance_Life research research! Social media is great for this now, but company websites also help. Gorkana database too #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    @learice @samrsparrow @freelance_life just my experience tho! #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @learice @samrsparrow @freelance_life I disagree have written for big publishers from email pitches #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @dexdiva @freelance_life @bangsandabun agree #freelanceukADBeauty
    How do you find out the best person to pitch to? #FreelanceukFreelance Lifestyle
    @natalietrice @freelance_life ask some writer colleagues to send our example pitches that have worked recently maybe #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @dexdiva @SamRSparrow @Freelance_Life For large companies and press though, phone is almost always best #freelanceukLeanne Rice
    @SamRSparrow @Freelance_Life It takes quite some horribly awkward calls to learn slick pitching, but a great skill to pick up #freelanceukLeanne Rice
    @Freelance_Life I think so too. I can’t wait to do my course as the pitching is holding me back and I think eds would laugh #FreelanceUKNatalie Trice
    @natalietrice @hollieanneb you don’t always need it, honestly #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @SamRSparrow @learice @freelance_life yes but emails areAlso really effective have had many commissions that way #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @Freelance_Life I’ve gotten some terrific stuff via social media presence, but only b/c I can follow up with a good pitch. #freelanceukKaite
    @AnishaDBeauty @freelance_life @bangsandabun but even if they haven’t and story is strong it can work #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @HollieAnneB I am the other way, hate face to face or phone #FreelanceUKNatalie Trice
    @Freelance_Life sorry not as vocal as usual – trying to cook at same time! #freelanceukFran Swaine
    @learice @freelance_life agree with this entirely, particularly for editorial #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    @Freelance_Life @bangsandabun def still relevant for editorial work. #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @Freelance_Life @dexdiva @bangsandabun pitchings still relevant – if theyve heard of you/your brand before its always a plus #freelanceukADBeauty
    @AnishaDBeauty @freelance_life that’s a good tip. Keep it light! #freelanceukcateca
    @kaitewelsh @Freelance_Life No way at all! It really stops me hitting send sometimes #freelanceukHollie-Anne Brooks
    @emma_cossey I hate that feeling of rejection! Is it better to call or email? #FreelanceUKNatalie Trice
    @franswaine @freelance_life agree, depends on client and editors preference some take pitches on twitter! #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @dexdiva @freelance_life thanks. I’ll definitely give it a read 🙂 #freelanceukcateca
    #freelanceuk Practice pitching by phone & make yourself easy to warm to. If you can, it’s much easier to succeed by calling @Freelance_LifeLeanne Rice
    RT @dexdiva: @cateca @freelance_life i read a really good book on this which helped when i started called the freelance writers handbook #freelanceukFreelance Lifestyle
    @Freelance_Life know your audience and do your research!! #freelanceukFran Swaine
    @dexdiva @BangsandaBun Ah, is pitching still relevant? Or is it smarter to attract work from referrals/website/social media? #freelanceukFreelance Lifestyle
    @HollieAnneB exactly – totally agree #freelanceukADBeauty
    @HollieAnneB @ursulaglitch true, but so many editors don’t have time for face to face so a well pitched email is good too #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @franswaine I think I have the mind set of "Right, let’s wow your socks off and do something you don’t expect".#freelanceukHollie-Anne Brooks
    @cateca @freelance_life i read a really good book on this which helped when i started called the freelance writers handbook #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @AnishaDBeauty At least in person you can use tone of voice, gestures etc #freelanceukHollie-Anne Brooks
    @UrsulaGlitch definitely!! #freelanceukFran Swaine
    RT @AnishaDBeauty: @cateca @freelance_life i think keeping it conversational rather than too salesy is always key – know your customer #freelanceukFreelance Lifestyle
    @HollieAnneB yes me too actually. Once I’ve got that initial meeting I’m confident Ican deliver #freelanceukFran Swaine
    @Freelance_Life yes, be well prepared and pitch right for the magazine/ site #freelanceuk and be bold! XJo Gifford
    @cateca @freelance_life i think keeping it conversational rather than too salesy is always key – know your customer #freelanceukADBeauty
    I try and get into the mindset of pitching on behalf of my freelance brand rather than myself. It feels less personal then. #freelanceukEmma Cossey
    #freelanceuk the very first paid travel writing pieces I did were a cold pitch to an editor sometimes it just worksJo Gifford
    @Freelance_Life definitely format – do you email or phone. I think each client should be treated uniquely and often in phases! #freelanceukFran Swaine
    @UrsulaGlitch I think most people are like you. But god, the buzz I get from pitching face to face is the best feeling ever #freelanceukHollie-Anne Brooks
    @HollieAnneB feel the same, i think with email and txt based promo its the way that your messages are being perceived #freelanceukADBeauty
    @BangsandaBun @freelance_life I have found that pitching editorial takes a lot of time and energy. #freelanceukJo Gifford
    @Freelance_Life as a newbie, I wouldn’t know where to start with pitching! What do you say? How? What’s ok & what’s not? #freelanceukcateca
    Fear of rejection and format seem to be the biggest fears. Does anyone have any advice to help get over these fears? #FreelanceukFreelance Lifestyle
    @HollieAnneB I’m the other way around. I find email much less scary than face to face. Brave woman. #freelanceukFreya Hardy
    RT @UrsulaGlitch: Nobody likes the thought of being rejected, but it’s such a buzz when someone says yes. I’m addicted, but I do want to improve. #FreelanceUKFreelance Lifestyle
    RT @kaitewelsh: The #freelanceuk chat tonight is about pitching – just what I need when I’m having writer’s block with this one!he cavanagh
    Nobody likes the thought of being rejected, but it’s such a buzz when someone says yes. I’m addicted, but I do want to improve. #FreelanceUKFreya Hardy
    The #freelanceuk chat tonight is about pitching – just what I need when I’m having writer’s block with this one!Kaite
    #freelanceuk It’s funny because I LOVE pitching face to face, I always feel confident and do well. It’s just over email etc where I’m scaredHollie-Anne Brooks
    @Freelance_Life for me format is an issue – how to introduce myself in interesting way. I’m not good at bigging myself up. #freelanceukFreya Hardy
    @Freelance_Life I think it is fear of rejection really – which is silly because they can only say no! #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    @Freelance_Life For me I think it’s what to pitch & also I guess I wonder if anybody ever reads them #freelanceukBangs and a Bun
    @Freelance_Life Hitting send, I think. I worry I’m going to be laughed at by the person receiving it #freelanceukHollie-Anne Brooks
    A lot of people are nervous about pitching – what do you think is most intimidating? Format? Who to pitch to? Hitting send? #freelanceukFreelance Lifestyle
    @Freelance_Life Not yet! But I will #freelanceukHollie-Anne Brooks
    @Freelance_Life hello!! Ready and raring #freelanceukFran Swaine
    RT @learice: Totally checking out @emma_cossey’s #freelanceuk chat while I wee. Don’t want to miss anything. I mean that in several ways…Samantha Sparrow
    @Freelance_Life yes and even taking a course #FreelanceUKNatalie Trice
    So, let’s kick things off – how many of you have added ‘send a pitch’ to your list of resolutions this year? #FreelanceukFreelance Lifestyle
    Welcome to the second #Freelanceuk chat! This time, we’re talking about a topic a lot of you requested – pitching.Freelance Lifestyle
    RT @Freelance_Life: 15 mins to go! Go grab yourself a cup of tea (and the last of those xmas chocolates. Resolutions start tomorrow, obviously) #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    @SamRSparrow @emma_cossey I’ll second that 🙂 #freelanceukkerry
    @emma_cossey everything?! 😉 #freelanceukSamantha Sparrow
    Excited about the #freelanceuk Twitter chat tonight at 6.30pm. It’s all about pitching, anything you’d like to know about it?Emma Cossey