Being a successful freelance writer means more than creating high-quality content. As a successful freelance writer, you need to set high standards for yourself. Here are four ways to let your professional presence shine so that you can enjoy successful freelancing.
Improvise, Adapt and Overcome
This is a mantra every successful freelancer needs to live by. When you’re making a proposal or pitch to a potential client, either online or in-person, you need to be quick with your delivery. Successful freelancers know how to improvise when the client throws a question out of left field.
A successful freelance writer must also adapt to the ever-changing demands and uncertainties of their profession. What must a good freelance writer adapt to? For one thing, you must be able to compensate for a lack of work (and income) at any given time.
Unlike a typical “day job,” working as a freelance writer offers no guarantees. Don’t put your eggs in one basket, so to speak. Rather than relying on one client, find several avenues within the field.
To become successful as a freelance writer, you may have to overcome more than a few obstacles along the way. These obstacles may include overcoming the occasional “writer’s block” or overcoming rejection. If you want to be a success in this industry you must be willing to weather the storm of constructive criticism and the occasional blow to your writer’s pride. Freelance writing is not a profession for the overly sensitive, or for those who can’t accept change.
Once you’ve accepted a job and have agreed to deliver your work by a set deadline, you need to honor your word. As a professional, it’s expected. But don’t merely get by; strive to be #1. Consistently hand in assignments early so clients will know they can depend on you. This may mean minimizing distractions in your writing environment or setting aside a designated time to write.
Another way to go the extra mile and exceed expectations is to provide incentives. Offer your clients something the competition has neglected to. This might be a special rate or promotional price, or perhaps the inclusion of a “two-for-one” deal. This may give you a leg-up on the competition. Think of yourself as a salesman and market your services as you would any merchandise.
Don’t Over-Extend Yourself
While every freelancer wants to be productive, it’s not a good idea to bite off more than you can chew. No matter how experienced you are, it may be difficult to produce several high-quality articles with the same deadline. How can you determine the volume of work you can handle? Keep a record of your completed assignments and make note of how many projects you’ve successfully completed during a specific period of time.
Market Your Talents and Showcase Your Work
Last but certainly not least, show the world what you’re worth by marketing yourself. Establish a working writer’s website. Think of this as your writer’s portfolio and include samples of and links to your work. When potential clients see your work firsthand, they will know whether your writing style suits their needs.
Most importantly, be sure your site is user-friendly and easy to navigate. Upon completion, promote your website through social media. In no time, you’ll be on your way to successful freelancing.
This article was written by one of our writers. The author’s views are entirely their own and may not reflect the views of WritersDomain.