As a freelance writer, I’ve seen my share of writers in the past five years. I’ve talked to clients and editors who are impressed with my professionalism because not all freelancers are as dedicated to giving out a good product as I am. What does it take to be a great freelance writer? How can you know which one to choose out of the teeming masses vying for your hard earned dollars? Read on for what you should be looking for.
You need to know if the freelancer you’ve chosen knows what she is talking about. Of course, anyone can say that they are experts in one topic or another, but usually they will have clips that show that fact. Clips should also come in the form of live links to ensure that the person has been published. Don’t rule out someone starting out, though. They may have life experience that can translate into great content.
You don’t want a freelancer who won’t meet her deadlines. When something is due, you should expect to see the material in your inbox. Hitting deadlines is an important part of choosing a freelancer, so you should give her time to prove herself. If she can’t meet the deadlines you set, you may want to look elsewhere. In addition, emails should be responded to promptly. Some editors have had to chase freelancers to get their material.
Quality usually mean expense, and that is no different in freelancing. You wouldn’t go to the cheapest doctor, and if your project means a great deal to you, you shouldn’t go with the cheapest freelancer, either. Take a look at their clips. Are they well written? Do they make you want to read on? Are they something that is above the stock posts you see on the internet? If they are, you’ve found yourself a decent writer. Be sure to negotiate for a price you both can appreciate, but don’t go for the lowest bidder. You won’t get your money’s worth.
To work with a freelancer that meets all of these requirements, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.