For most free-lance writers success comes with hard work, but most of all there are five specific things that freelance writers need to do. Being able to network, setting a valid pay rate, and being able to communicate, all to produce credibility with clients. I shall briefly touch down on these subjects.
Communication is necessary with your client, some are not as articulate as you. Knowing which questions to ask, you be able to put them at rest. Give them what they want, whether your project is forty-five dollars or a thousand dollars. Keep your client engaged, and let them know your progress. Keep a news letter, letting them know when you are taking classes, so your clients are well-informed about your willing to continue to learn and keep your skills up-to-date. Always be nice, smile, and make eye-contact while in meetings with your clients, some clients are Internet only. These clients are harder to please, it is harder to get that communication going. But, be diligent, do not be afraid to ask questions. Do set your boundaries, while maintaining a nice attitude. It can be down right frustrating when writing for someone you don’t know in person. Do not be afraid to do a little verbal fishing when necessary. Write and re-write till your client is happy, often what you originally wrote will not be the final copy. But it’s about making the client happy and having a great product.
Product, this is the paper, or the speech you write for a client. However it is not just that, it is how you present your self. You will have to sell your self [some-what] to the client, that does not mean coming off a braggart or cocky. Be your self, be honest, and don’t complain! Now, you have your foot in the door you have engaged your client, now it is time show some work, have some references. Do not fret if this is your first job. You can still bag the job! Explain you are just starting out, have some mock products to show. Explain your self clearly and concisely explain to them how you can help them meet their goals. Make sure you and your client are on the same page. Be professional with deadlines make sure you are done on time, if you can not make the deadline call and email them explaining the situation and set a new date.
Networking, this is essential, build your professional network with care, work with people you can get along with, that you respect, and who can respect you. Take care to join a net working site that works for you. This helps bring in new work, and new clients. Clientele will also be a part of your network, this is where your communication and product marketing and professionalism come into play. Providing a good...