How To Use Freelance Writing Opportunities Properly: Basic Tips
Plenty of people now are realising the potential that freelance writing for not only earning a decent wage, but also being able to do so at one’s own leisure and freedom. It is attractive to be able to make your own schedule and determine exactly how, where and for how long you work. However, some people do not realise exactly how to use their job opportunities, and therefore often do not get as much work or as good work - as they perhaps should. Below are some basic tips to improve your writing performance.
- Don’t take too many jobs on at once
- Build a relationship with your employer/client
- Get feedback
This step comes even before you start writing but is an essential one in using the opportunities you do get to the full extent possible. It can be very tempting to accept every job offer or opportunity that comes your way, and it is good to be open-minded and flexible. However, it is never a good idea to increase your workload to more than you can handle. If you are juggling too many projects at one time, after all, you are not putting the proper care and thought into individual jobs, and they will begin to suffer. Once your client has seen that you haven’t given the task 100% of your effort (and they will see that), they will not want to hire you again. Take fewer jobs and complete them to a higher quality.
Building a good relationship with your client has a number of positive outcomes. First and foremost it makes working with them much easier. If you feel that you can easily and openly communicate with your client, you will be more likely to do so, asking them important questions in order to make sure you know exactly what they want. This will result in them getting a better outcome. Secondly, it is a type of very effective networking. Once you have built up a good relationship with one employer, they will be happier to recommend you to someone else.
Always make sure you ask the client whether the project you completed was a) what they expected and b) up to the standard they wanted. If everything was fine, then this is good to know. However, also good to know is when the client was disappointed and get feedback about what you could do better in order to improve your writing for the next job you do.