How to Successfully Handle
a Freelance Writing Project
Writing is one of the most sought after
services available today. And if you've decided
to turn your passion for writing into a full-fledged career option,
here are some tips that will help you to handle a writing project
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.
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
However, in case
you have signed a confidentiality agreement with a client, do not
disclose details of such a project to prospective customers.
key to being professional is to respect and abide by the terms you
agree to before, during and after the completion of the project.
Relevant Questions 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
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.
Timelines Whatever 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.
However, if you do
say tomorrow, then make sure to deliver by tomorrow and keep your
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.
Contributing Author: Akanksha is
a freelance content writer [email protected]