taking the plunge into freelance writing, make sure
that you are clear about the terms and conditions around
which you will base your work including payment terms,
mode of payment, timeframe for project completion and
delivery, etc. The manner in which you reply to prospective
client's queries says a lot about you / your Company.
Hence, make sure to demonstrate a professional approach
towards your work right from the time you send your
first reply and price quote.
If you are still in the early stages of
building your freelance writing
career, your aim should be to
gain as much writing exposure as possible. The projects
you have successfully completed will act as writing
samples and will assist you in bagging prospective projects
in the future.
in case you have signed a confidentiality agreement
with a client, do not disclose details of such a project
to prospective customers.
The key to being professional is to respect and abide
by the terms you agree to before, during and after the completion
of the project.
Oftentimes, a prospective client will give you very
little information about the project and what he / she
needs from you. In such a scenario, it is your job to
ask relevant questions that will help to understand
the scope of work involved. Prepare
a list of queries and request the client to provide
you with answers to the same.
is up to you to give the most suitable direction to
the project so that it is handled successfully and to
the satisfaction of the client.
for Errors Make
proofreading a habit so that you can avoid typos and
grammatical mistakes in your written communications.
Before you click on SEND, make sure to read through
your email replies and correct any errors. Do the same
before you email a draft of the writing job.
you do, don't forget to keep your word especially when it
comes to promised delivery dates. When a client asks you when
you can deliver the finished content, take some time to think
through and then give a date. Don't be in a rush to bag the
project and say tomorrow when you know that you need at least
five days to complete the project.
you do say tomorrow, then make sure to deliver by tomorrow
and keep your word.
Confident and give your 100%
Remember that everyone begins somewhere. Take each project
as a learning experience and even if you do not succeed in
your first project, work towards improving your skills. Your
efforts are sure to pay off in the long run.