Hello, friends! I hope you’re reading this blog post in the comforts of your home while being safe from this global pandemic that we’re currently under. As much as I hope to share more travel content and go on more adventures, it’s not yet the right time to do so. Although, it doesn’t mean that we can’t build up our client-base and work on our own stuff before the world opens back up again.
So welcome to the second part of ‘How I Create My Pitch.’ If you missed the first one, then you can read it HERE.
For the first part of this two-part blog post, I told you the tricks and the steps that I use to garner more brands to collaborate with. If you’re interested in knowing more about that, then you can read that article. Although, if you’re keen on learning how to get more gigs by volunteering and actually getting clients, then you’re best off on this post, heh!
Disclaimer: I’m not a professional business coach, and so you should still take everything on this blog post with a grain of salt. However, I’ve been travelling and working as a digital nomad on-and-off for nearly five years now, so that’s where the experience comes from. So without further ado, let’s get this post going!
While I’m on the road, I do two things: work as a freelance artist and volunteer. There are a few major differences between the two of these, and there are also two different websites I go to to get each gig.
How Does One Land a Volunteering Gig?
To everyone who’s been wanting to volunteer to lengthen their travels, you have to know that there are different volunteering gigs that you can do: teaching, hostel work, farm work, bartending, and so much more! There are also many different websites that you can do to look for more volunteering gigs, but the one I prefer is Workaway.
Workaway is a website where you can find many volunteering opportunities worldwide—yes, in every single continent! The volunteering gigs vary, and there’s an opportunity for every single traveler. I’ve mainly done volunteer teaching and hostel work since I love teaching and love interacting with fellow travelers. Although, yes, there are downsides to it. Sometimes you’d want to go to a cool party, but you won’t be able to since you’re bound to certain working hours with your host. These are things that you can talk about with them, or you can even switch shifts with your co-volunteers.
So if this is something that sounds appealing to you, do you think you’ve got what it takes to land a volunteering gig? Well, here are some of the things that you should consider before sending out a pitch to a volunteering host:
- What are your interests?
- What kind of work are you physically and mentally able to do?
- Where would you like to go?
- Are you the kind of person that does well alone or with a group?
- Would you require internet throughout your volunteering period?
These are some of the questions you would need to answer before even sending a pitch to a volunteering host. It’s important to know your interests because you can’t dive into an opportunity just because it’s right there. As for me, I’m petrified of chickens, so that really restricts my chances of getting farm work. So you really need to look at your strengths and weaknesses before even going for the pitch.
Another thing that you have to check out is the place. If you’ve wanted to go to Guatemala, then why would you submit pitches to volunteering hosts who are in Argentina? This makes no sense…but still, people make the honest mistake of doing these things.
Also, you really have to consider your timing. You need to agree on a length for your volunteering gig. For Workaway, you instantly need to decide on the length of your stay before you can even send a pitch. This is great since the volunteering host would need to know when and for how long they should expect you. Plus, this can make your life so much easier because you can plan your travels around these volunteering gigs, and you can even look for other volunteering hosts somewhere along the road.
Now, for the pitch. How does one write a volunteering pitch? As for me, here are my guidelines:
- Always start with a bubbly or a rather warm greeting.
- Introduce yourselves casually and tell them some interesting stuff about you. It’s also great to tell them stuff about you that’s kind of related to the volunteering gig you’re going for. This makes it a bit more personal.
- Tell them why you want to go to the place where you’re trying to land a volunteering gig, and tell them why you want to volunteer for them. Always remember to kind of work your way around making them feel good about themselves so they’d want to hire you. It does sound a bit manipulative, but it is what it is.
- As for the length of your stay, I know that you might’ve already filled that up but reiterate this on your pitch. Tell them where you’re coming from and where you’re going next.
- Finish off with a great conclusion and tell them you want to hear from them soon.
Again, please take my advice with a grain of salt. This really worked well for me, but you might need to add a bit of your personal touch before it can even work for you. So think of that as well.
Also, please read through the hosts’ profiles before sending a pitch. If they require you to pay them money, then that’s probably a scam. In Workaway, hosts never ask for money, so you should never give any of them any certain amount. Be smart, be proactive, and be on top of every single thing. I’ve met some of my greatest travel friends on my volunteering gigs, so you’ll surely love it too!
How Does One Land a Freelance Client?
Now, if you think that you’re more into the freelance and the paid digital nomad lifestyle, then you might want to gather up a wide variety of freelance clients. Just like volunteering, you’d need to resolve a few questions about yourself before even going for pitches. Here are some of the questions:
- What are your interests, and what are you good at?
- What are the available resources, and what gadgets can I use to kickstart my digital nomad lifestyle?
- Where does one look for freelance jobs?
- How should I negotiate?
- How can I get paid?
Naturally, there are a lot of factors that you should answer before ultimately diving into the digital nomad scene, but these are simply some of them. So once you’ve answered these questions, you might be wondering where you can find them, right? Well, that’s easy yet hard at the same time.
There are websites solely built for digital nomads and remote workers, but that doesn’t always work out well for every single one of us. As for me, I actually got blocked from Upwork since they said that I had been applying to too many projects. I mean, what was I to do? I was literally there to apply to jobs; normally, that would’ve been normal? Well, no, they kind of just kicked me out of the website, and I’ve never looked back. However, there are other websites for remote work like Fiverr, People Per Hour, and more!
So if you’re wondering where I get my freelance clients, you have to remember that technology and social media are your friends. You can always try joining remote jobs or digital nomad groups on Facebook. Specifically, these three are my favourites:
You’ll be surprised at how many people and agencies post adverts on these groups. It’s ridiculous! It sometimes makes me wonder why people still bother with Upwork in the first place…
Plus, another social media-ish website that you can go to is none other than LinkedIn! It’s such a great platform to connect with your peers and with like-minded individuals. LinkedIn is such a great website when you’re starting as a young professional since you can basically connect with every single person in the industry you’re trying to break open. I highly recommend that you create an online presence on LinkedIn—it really is super helpful!
As for the pitch, my client pitches are usually straightforward:
- Start with a solid introduction of who you are, your background, and your previous experiences. Although, don’t over-share. There’s a fine line between making yourself known and over-sharing.
- Tell them why you think you may be perfect for the role that you’re applying for.
- Always remember to research about the person or company you’re applying for, and so cater your pitch tone according to theirs.
- If you’re an artist, always make sure to include your portfolio or a few of your works. It makes it a bit easier for recruiters to see what you’re capable of.
- Honestly, try to be as authentic as possible. I know it sounds so cliche, but it’s the truth.
Most of the time, sending out a pitch in this structure works really well for me. Again, what works for me might not always work for every single one of you, so please take these tips with a grain of salt. You can pattern your applications based on these tips but still make your voice shine through. That’s always terribly important!
I’d love to know what you think of this article, and I’d love to engage in a conversation with all of you. Please let me know if you might have any questions by commenting below, and I’d love to answer any of them! Oh, if you’re also looking to expand your connections via LinkedIn, you can always add me. Come find me on LinkedIn by CLICKING HERE!
For now, I hope you guys are having a blast, and fret not, for all will be well. Blessings!
“He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
John 15:2 NIV