I read a post about how “Freelance writers are great … except when they’re not.” I agreed and disagreed with the author. Freelancers are great … when clients let them do their job.
Most freelance writers say the same thing … companies and professionals don’t know what they want. This is why it’s important for freelance writers to ask as many questions as possible before accepting projects. If you’re unsure of what clients want, projects will be over before they start.
Don’t accept freelance writing projects because you need the money. If you do, it will be a disaster. Make sure you can handle the projects and clients before you say “yes.” Sometimes, it’s in your best interest and the clients’ best interest to decline projects.
Freelance Writers Are Great … When You Let Them do Their Job
Freelance writers may be limited as to what they can do if clients aren’t open minded. You can’t force clients to do something they’re not comfortable doing. So don’t try.
If clients say to you, “My budget is $1,000 for this project.” You probably won’t convince them of paying a higher price. When people make up their mind, it’s made up.
Freelance writers could set a ‘minimum’ thresh hold for projects. I wouldn’t post this on your writer’s website; however, if clients contact you and offer $50 for a 700-word blog post, and you charge $.50-1.00 per word, it’s best to pass on the project.
Don’t feel you have to accept every freelance writing project that comes into your inbox. There’s no rule that says, “Freelance writers must accept any and all projects.”
Freelance Writers Are Great … When They Keep Up with Technology
Like it or not, SEO is not going away anytime soon. Freelance writers who think they don’t have to understand SEO practices may find their services no longer needed. Companies like to work with ‘well-rounded’ freelance writers. I’m speaking from experience. I had a client say to me, “Even though you’re self-taught with regards to SEO, I respect that and will take it into consideration.” I’m contemplating becoming certified in SEO, but I want to find the right program.
Improve your writing by taking classes and attending conferences. Serious freelance writers understand the importance of continuing education. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need to enroll in a MFA (Master of Fine Arts) or MBA (Master of Business Administration). However, if you’d like to venture into the world of technology writing, you may want to take some courses in computer programming or web design to understand the subject material.
Attending writers’ conferences is good way to meet editors and other writers. Not only can you exchange notes with other writers, but you could cultivate partnerships with other writers which can lead to creating a business together.
Freelance Writers Are Great … When They Know How to Write
Huh? Most freelance writers can write and like to write. Some even have journalism or English degrees. Others have years of experience or a combination of degrees and work experience.
Some people think they can become freelance writers and earn extra income in no time. There’s more to it than that. If the thought of writing a 1,000 word article and turning it in within two-weeks makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, you may want to find another career path.
Knowing how to write search engine optimized content and headlines is important. Sometimes, writing headlines can be tricky. This is where extra training comes in handy. Buying a bunch of magazines like Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Details, Wired, etc. can help you write winning headlines. Heck, you may even want to check out the tabloids!
Freelance Writers Are Great … When They Know How To Run a Freelance Writing Business
Freelance writing is a business. Like it or not, you’ll have to market you and your writing services. You’ll have to have contracts, proposals, and quotes. You may even want to have a logo and letterhead.
If the thought of being a business owner sends shivers down your spine, you may want to forgo becoming a freelance writer or do it part-time.
Running a business takes time, effort, and perseverance. Some freelance writers may not be overnight sensations. But with steady determination, all of you can become an award winning freelance writers. And most importantly, freelance writers who make a decent monthly income.
- How to Submit Freelance Articles That Get Accepted in 7 Easy Steps (savvywritingcareers.wordpress.com)