Now, it’s not been a long time since you’ve decided to be a Freelance writer. And you get that one prospect which is a really good one, because, let’s be honest, you’re just happy you got something!
In my previous blog I had shared 5 Things To Steer Clear Of When Starting Off As A Freelance Writer.
Before you jump up to your writing table and begin for a new project, pause and take these measures.
1. Do not be in a hurry to get in
Yes, we know you can’t wait for it to start, but it is better to be delayed than to be robbed.
Ask your potential client all about the type of work they expect, the payment terms, their working location, other freelancers they might have hired.
Tip: When you ask them if they have other freelancers on their team, you may even politely enquire about the names of a couple of them. This will show you that the company is really connected to some more freelancers and you can get a firsthand feedback about the company from them.
2. Lay down the terms of a contract
The contract need not be something utterly legal and judicial, but can informally lay down all the established aspects of the association, like-
- The Services to be provided- State what exactly you will be writing for the client, like blog posts with the ideation, or blog posts on the given topics, or website content for x number of pages, or the number of words if that’s is what was finalized. Include SEO separately if it is you who has to dig in for keywords. SEO stands as a separate service.
- The final deliverables- What will be the nature of the final deliverable. It could be a word doc with the content incorporated with the given keywords, an infographic along with the proper content, a blog post published timely with keywords incorporated, etc.
- Fees for the work- Mention the fixed price that you agreed upon or your per word price. If you are providing multiple services with different pricing, mention them separately.
- The payment terms- Here come the terms of payment. You might need a half of the total fees as an advance, or you can ask for half of the total fees after the completion of half of the project, in a fixed pricing model. If you are charging per word, mention the frequency of payment per month- once or twice. Also, mention the length of time you can wait for receiving the pay after you’ve sent an invoice.
End the LOA with a space for the client’s name, address, and signatures. Make sure you get the proper address along with proper signatures of the company you are associating with.
I followed this to create my first LOA.
3. Communicate over the email
All email communications are deemed as legal. Do not seal the deal over Facebook or WhatsApp. Make sure all important conversations happen over the email.
4. Free Samples Are a Screw
Keep one sample each ready for every niche you love to write about. Apart from that, resist the urge to write for free on any topic given by a prospect.
I end my sample articles with a note-
Please understand that this is a sample article and refrain from publishing it anywhere on the Internet or on paper. You may get the rights to this piece if we seal the deal and if this is included on the invoice.
Remember, you carry the rights to your content pieces unless someone else buys them from you.
There are a lot of people out there who will make you write for their specific services, and then will proclaim you weren’t good, but will use your article anyway.
5. Petty pricing is suicide
No self-respecting individual will offer writing services at petty prices. If you don’t understand your worth, your clients won’t, too.
The right clients wouldn’t even come to you for silly prices because your pricing reflects your quality. Even if you charge less and deliver a high-quality content piece, it will carry no value.
Look for the right kind of work where you learn and grow, not where you have to continuously haggle and belittle yourself.
Do you have some great tips, too? Share in the comments below and let’s discuss!
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