The Perfect Freelance Writer
“Careers, like rockets, don’t always take off on schedule. The key is to keep working the engines.” – Gary Sinese
If you pay close attention to the words and inferences of some who use freelance writers you will see that freelancers must be superhuman.
The Top Ten Signs you Have Found a Perfect Freelance Writer
1) They are never too busy to work on my project.
2) They are always efficient enough to have the project completed yesterday.
3) They are willing to write for a fee less than the poverty level.
4) They are willing to provide unlimited rewrites.
5) They always know exactly the style of writing I need.
6) They do not have a personal life.
7) They are knowledgeable about every subject known to man.
8) They never get sick.
9) They never expect prompt payment.
10) They like it when I’m snippy.
As a freelance writer you may be finding some truth to this list, but the burden of proof is on your shoulders as a freelancer. You do need to adopt a can-do attitude, but be honest enough to pass on a project if you are uncertain about the subject, deadline or volume of work.
The reason a good freelancer may seem superhuman is they have learned the value of follow-up, follow through, customer service and commitment.
All freelance writers have had clients that have more than likely been refused service from other freelancers. These clients refused to be pleased with any work they are presented with. They have an idea writer in mind, but sadly that writer does not exist.
In these cases it is difficult to end the relationship gracefully. It could be you have provided numerous rewrites and the client remains dissatisfied. At that point you may need to stand up to the client and ask for payment or to be released from the obligation.
When you do hear from satisfied customers, you should not hesitate to ask for a brief testimonial you can use for the benefit of other customers who may be considering you as a means of reaching their content objectives.
Stretch your wings and learn new skills. A good freelancer may specialize in one type of service, but is adaptable enough to facilitate new writing formats when needed. The more you learn about freelancing the more marketable your skills will be.