Ever thought about getting freelance work through government contracts?
You’re probably thinking something like:
- There’s a lot of red tape to cut through
- It’s too hard
- It’s not my niche
- I don’t know enough about government
FYI, those are just excuses. Maybe this will change your mind about pursuing this kind of freelance work.
Take the time to cut through the red tape, and you can find government contracts that pay writers $100 to $200 an hour.
Bill $5,000 to $25,000 in a month writing for one client? This is happening for writers hired to create content for government contracts at the federal, state, and local level.
Can you see past the red tape now?
Sure, finding clients and writing content for government contracts is a little different than writing for magazines and businesses.
But there’s lots of work. It pays well. And if you’re willing to cut through the red tape, some of it can be yours.
Here’s what you need to know to get government contracts for freelance work:
When I got a random phone call from a prospect about a proposal writing gig, I was curious.
“I need help writing an RFP [request for proposal] for a multi-year, multi-million dollar cyber security contract for a government agency,” the person said. “The deadline is in 30 days. Can you help me?”
You can make a lot of money doing this kind of work, right? That’s what I thought. But I had my doubts.
Months before this unexpected phone call, I did a lot of leg work to try and land proposal writing gigs and government contract work. And nothing happened.
I navigated clunky government websites and studied the jargon. I registered my writing business on sites like the System for Award Management and FedBizOpps where you can find contracts. I tried to land big contracts, then smaller ones without success.
It seemed like a lost cause. And then this prospect found me on one of those government sites for contractors.
I bid $12,000 for the work, and the client accepted. Here’s what the proposal writing process looked like:
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