to Look for When Hiring a Freelance Writer?
hired on a contractual basis are in great demand as opposed to content
writing firms simply because most of them bring fresh thoughts and
ideas. Not to forget, a one-point-contact - specialized writing
services. Available when needed, these writers are not on the
regular payroll of the Company. Hence, they reduce overhead costs
and enable companies to focus on their core competencies while outsourcing
their regular content requirements to these professionals.
Besides these obvious
benefits, here are some more
Benefits of Hiring a Freelance Writer.
All this sounds
good but how do you know who to Hire?
Choosing the right person for the job is almost as important
as realizing that you need help with
website content writing.
are a few important points you should keep in mind when Choosing
/ Hiring a Freelance Content Writer -
has his / her distinctive writing style. Before making a hiring
decision, ask the writers to show you samples of their previous
work that will give you an idea of their inherent style of
writing. You can judge whether their
style is simple, focussed and professional? Do they write
convincingly? Does the sample content reflect their knowledge
and understanding of a specific field? In addition, you may
also ask them to show you samples of work done for other businesses
in the same industry as yours.
& Vocabulary -
When presented with sample content, check whether
or not the content is free from grammatical mistakes,
spelling errors, and careless typos. These should
tell you a lot about the quality of work you can
expect from them.
will be unfair to deduce that a person who has handled
100's of articles will produce a better article
than one who has just completed 10. Quantity of
work done in the past doesn't necessarily guarantee
high quality in the future. Keep this in mind while
hiring content writers.
Specialization - Subject
Matter Experts - Another
important aspect to hiring freelance writers is their specialization.
There are freelance writers who specialize in writing on
specific industries such as IT, Travel or Self Motivation
while there are others who have an experience across many
different fields. Decide who you want? A professional writer
who specializes specifically in your field or a writer who
has experience spread across a variety of different fields.
might want to have a face-to-face interaction with your
freelance writer. In such a case, you should hire someone
in proximity so that you can have regular meetings. However,
if you are comfortable with the concept of online work environment
and feel that can put your requirements across to the writer
via email & phone, you can even work with someone in
another city or country.
Sample Write-up -
Before making the decision to hire a freelance writer,
you may want them to work on a sample write-up for you
on any topic of your choice. By asking them to produce
a short sample article, you can gauge their writing skills,
provided that you are willing to pay them for it.
to Meeting Deadlines - Most
freelancers work on multiple projects at a time. Hence,
it is in your best interests to make sure that the freelance
writer you choose is willing and able to devote enough
time to your project. Give them a realistic timeframe
and let them know a date by when you need the finished
document. Start the project only if the writer commits
to your deadline.
References - Before
making a final decision to hire a freelance writer, ask
them for references of previous clients so that you can
check on their credentials. Additionally, you may also want
to look through Client Testimonials. Most Freelance Writers
(with websites) & content
writing services providers have a Testimonials
page that you can read through.
out if the writer is offering a provision for revision of
content based on your feedback. While some writers make
revisions to the text unlimited number of times (till the
time you are completely satisfied), others make only 1 or
2 rounds of changes after which any further edits are chargeable.
It is good to know what to expect right in the very beginning.
& Charges -
It is imperative to understand
how the writer will bill you for content writing - per word
/ per project or on an hourly basis. You should have a realistic
idea of the costing and help you to choose a writer who
delivers content within your budget.
long as you and the writer are on the same page and understand each
other, nothing else matters.
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