Put Yourself Out There
Is there a publication you've been dying to write for but never seems to be hiring? Craft an engaging email, and send it off to the closest applicable email(s) you can find online. Be strategic about who you’re reaching out to — the editor in chief's email may be listed online, but there's a good chance you won’t ever hear back. Instead, target editors that work specifically in the vertical or verticals you’re looking to write for. If their emails aren’t listed online, find one that is and use the email structure (i.e. first initial, last name) to reach out to the appropriate person. Even if they're not looking to expand their freelance portfolio right now, it never hurts to put yourself on their radar for the future.