I’m still lurking, but not for much longer. We’ll be in the wilds of the Rockies by Friday, and completely disconnected (I hope). Nothing says “vacation” like a technology-free week!
Kim, thank you. Teaching confidence is tough, but if anyone can, you can!
freelance writer doesn’t mean you come automatically equipped with confidence in
your ability. Some writers can command respect as highly qualified professionals
from the gate, while the rest of us awkwardly fumble our way through those
first client interactions and projects. We second guess our skill, qualifications,
rates and whether or not we can really hold our own against so many other
freelancers out there competing for the same jobs.
clients with the best value, service and solutions. Thankfully confidence is
something you can work on and build over time. Here are some suggestions to help speed the
your writing skills and the ability to make a living as a freelancer, is to
secure a few projects. The first step can be the toughest, so successfully
completing writing projects can motivate you to keep going.
competition is to focus on a specific niche or specialty. For example, someone
with an extensive career background as a paralegal has instant credibility as a
legal writer that writers who classify themselves as generalists may not have. They
understand legal terminology, culture, etc. The same goes for an IT specialist looking to break
into writing technical manuals
paid courses and webinars are just a few ways to stay on top of emerging trends
in freelancing and specialized niches/industries. There are several free
resources available, but understand that you’ll need to continuously hone your
craft to remain competitive. Think of continuing education as an investment.
so important to charge what you’re worth. First, when you set your rates too
low, you spend more time working hard
to earn what you need. Also, charging very low rates can cause a potential
client may question the quality of services you provide.
of support you can turn to for encouragement, professional feedback,
mentoring/guidance and general camaraderie. You can begin building valuable
relationships with other writers by commenting regularly on their blogs,
interacting on writer and professional association forums and social media
sites (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+). You can get to know writers who
have already established themselves as successful freelance writers and gain
valuable direction from those relationships.
on projects they enjoy. It keeps them passionate about what they do, and
ensures that they produce a top notch project. Some freelance writers feel like
they absolutely must take on any and every project that comes their way. This
is a mistake because working on projects you don’t enjoy can le ad to unnecessary
stress and anxiety. When you enjoy what you do, your confidence grows
a successful freelance business and increase confidence. When you complete a
project, ask the client for feedback. If it’s positive, request a
testimonial. Keep a list of client
testimonials handy for pending marketing collateral and for whenever you’re
having a bad day and doubt starts creeping in. It really helps to read all the
nice things clients have to say about your work.
freelance writer with over 10 years’ experience in business communications and
B2B content marketing strategies. She blogs about her own freelance writing
journey at Avid Writer.