Let’s dive into this. This is some advice about freelance writing or being a freelancer in general. It’s a highly competitive field and you are competing with others doing the same thing. I am not trying to discourage you. You can make it in the freelancing industry. You just have to have an edge and keep a few things in mind.
1. You have sell yourself
This is where your CV comes into play. Think of it as a resume combined with your body of work. You are also answering questions a potential client would ask if they scheduled an interview with you. You need to include:
-Your experience in writing. This includes any blogs you have and maintain, any books you have written, and any publications you have work displayed, if you are a writer. Don’t forget to add in subjects you are versed in writing. This will let them know your limitations. Trying to write beyond your expertise will show.
-If you are looking for graphics work, include your years of experience, samples of your graphics, and what types of graphics you are willing to do.
-If you are looking for voice work, you will need to include a list of work and audio samples.
You’re getting the idea. Let’s move on.
2. Don’t start big.
If you’re just starting out, don’t bid for the big money jobs. You’re trying to establish yourself as a freelancer, and it will take just one look at your CV for the potential client to realize you are new to freelancing. Don’t be afraid to bid for beginning jobs to get your body of work started. Ratings and recommendations are key to starting your career, and people looking for new blood will be more than willing to give you a shot.
3. Set a bidding goal.
Many freelancing sites will give you the option of bidding on open jobs to get clients. Set a goal of a certain amount of bids you are willing to put in daily and stick to it. This is will insure that you will get picked up by someone and be able to start negotiating and start an interview/trial process. Once you have your client list and steady work, you can turn down any other clients so as not to overwork yourself.
4. Put your best foot forward
When you get to the interview stage, be positive, assertive and respectful to the person who may become your client. If they ask for a trial piece, don’t be afraid to give it to them. There will be some who are looking for something specific, and this is why they ask for a trial sample of your work.
Once you have the client and have started on a contract, don’t just start work and turn it in when you are finished, especially if it is a long-term project. Giving weekly updates will let them know how far along you are in the project and give them an idea of when you will be finished. Many projects will have deadlines, and keeping in touch with the client will allay any fears of you possibly being late in turning in your project.
6. Tell them when you’re not available
This is sometimes hard to do but necessary. Let’s face it. There will be moments where you will need to take a break, go on vacation, or even go to the doctor. Let your clients know so they will not send you another contract and wonder why you haven’t turned anything into them.
7. Be realistic
Don’t take on too many jobs thinking you will have plenty of time to do them and live your life. Many projects take research, data correlation, outlines, and formatting. All of those take time to do and can turn what looked like reasonable work days into 12-15 hour writing days. The more in-depth your client wants the project, the longer it will take to get it done.
I hope these tips will help you start you on your way to becoming a freelancer and taking your work into your own hands.
Until next time, keep writing!
The Mad Woman
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