6 Tips for Effective Freelancing

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Freelance writing can be a great to make some extra cash from your dorm room and you don’t have to be an English major. If you can string together some sentences and have a distinctive style then you can hock your wares in the blogosphere and make some cash. There are a few things I wish I knew before I started freelance writing but now that I’ve been doing it for a while I’m hear to bestow my tips upon you. Without further ado, here are six ways you can improve your freelancing skills:

  1. Be ready to succeed. Don’t take on a freelance writing job without the confidence that you’re going to be a success. You’ve taken this plunge with the design of coming up with some much needed, extra cash. You’ll hear a lot of jokes from your friends and roommates, but try to block these out and stay committed because this is now your job.
  2. Documentation is crucial. Make sure that your client signs a contract for the job that is expected to be filled. You’ll draft your ideas for a given assignment and run it by the client before you commit a ton of time on the project. This is important so you can make sure that the two of you are on the same page.
  3. Suggest topics. The easiest way to make money is from repeat customers. The best thing you can do is suggest new writing topics to the clients that have showed interest in your past writing. They’ll already respect your talents and, in turn, you’ll have instant credibility. This will allow you to tap your creative juices.
  4. This is a business. Never forget that this is a legitimate business and not just a hobby. Create a business plan and stick to it. This will make you feel more professional and will translate into your writing. This can only make you a more marketable freelancer.
  5. Trust your instincts. If you feel like your client hasn’t expressed clearly what he or she is expecting from a project then you have to be proactive and clarify any nebulous information. Your client will ultimately appreciate your forthrightness as you’ll probably be on target with your concerns.
  6. Receive half your payment up front. It’s important that you collect half your fee up front. This will show your client you mean business and once you’ve followed through on your end of the bargain, the client will complete the expected payment.

This is a guest article contributed by Heather Johnson, a freelance writer as well as a regular commentator on the topic of credit card review. Heather invites your questions, comments and freelancing job inquiries at heatherjohnson2323 at gmail dot com.

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2 Responses to 6 Tips for Effective Freelancing

  1. TheContestBlogger September 19, 2008 at 9:54 am #

    Very true, I remember that I have to wake up as early as 4.30am to complete some freelance article orders from my clients because I wouldn’t have enough time during evening after class to complete them.

    But I bet many freelance writers or graphic designer do not bother filling up documentation, contract or invoice. Some people freelance because there is less red tape, less hassle and they do not have to report to a boss, so I believe some of them are glad to forgo the legal stuff.

    Perhaps pertaining to this issue, Heather could add the 7th tip, work only with clients you can trust, meaning those who pay, just so that you do not work for free.


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