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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Have You Decided to Become a Freelance Writer? Avoid These 7 Mistakes!

Have You Decided to Become a Freelance Writer? Avoid These 7 Mistakes!By Eric Mead

Beginning freelance writers often get their businesses started on the wrong foot, and things can quickly go downhill from there. What follows are some things to watch out for before you launch your writing business.
1. Not Knowing How to Market Services: The #1 duty when you become a freelance writer is to get and keep clients. Surprised I didn't say "writing?" You shouldn't be. Freelancers who successfully market their services can pay the bills and put food on the table. Freelancers who don't often throw in the towel and find a job. Just don't get too crazy and start...
2. Taking Low Paying Work: In the beginning it can be very enticing to take on low paying work. Maybe you think you need to get your foot in the door, or maybe you're simply not confident in your own ability. Don't do it! Pricing your services too low quickly leads to burn out. Why? It's a result of...
3. Booking Too Many Clients: If you take on too much work, too fast, you'll risk burning out. This usually happens because of rock-bottom prices. Freelancers who take on too many clients will end up writing day and night, struggling to keep up so they don't make a habit of...
4. Missing Deadlines: Your credibility as a service provider is severely damaged when you have to start pushing back deadlines. Clients look to you as the expert, and your professional reputation suffers when you underestimate how long it will take to complete a project. After all, your clients have deadlines too! What is the impact on their business if you can't get the work done on time? Unreliable writers end up...
5. Losing Referral Business: Current clients are the best source of new business. While you can always ask your clients for more work, it's also a wonderful idea to ask them to spread the word to their colleagues. You'll get better paying work, and you won't have to spend as much time selling yourself, since you're being referred by a trusted source. On the flipside, don't make the habit of...
6. Keeping Bad Clients: It can be tempting, particularly in lean times, to keep bad clients. Whether they're the micromanaging type, or the overbearing price-hagglers, a bad client will quickly kill your motivation to keep working. Know when it's time to fire a client - your sanity will thank you. Likewise, try to avoid...
7. Listening to Negative People: When you're new to freelancing, the people around you may not understand what your goals are -- even if you explain it very clearly. Most people have never been self-employed; being an employee is all they know. Anything that challenges (or threatens) that lifestyle is viewed with mistrust. Don't listen to them!
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