Every successful freelance writer fully understands how essential it is for them to acquire every single detail when interested in working on a project with/for a new client. Making sure that both parties are on the same page is definitely one of the best ways you can avoid having any issues with your potential new project, and for this reason alone should be a top priority. So how do you go about making sure that you and your new potential client are going to enjoy a harmonious, and hopefully long lasting, working relationship? By being proactive.
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Taking a positive approach is indeed very important when working with/for a new client. There’s simply too much competition for you to not represent your absolute best self. But it’s also important for you to get down to business by letting potential clients understand how essential it is that you’re both on the same page. Don’t be afraid to create and enforce professional boundaries. When you do, it shows you’re a true professional when it comes to managing your freelancing business.
First Impressions First impressions are very important. You want to come across as someone who is not only very capable of doing the work described, but someone who is also very trustworthy. Let them know that you’re able to solve any issues that may arise. You want to instill the confidence your client’s looking for in a freelance writer, as many of them are entrusting someone else with their very livelihood.
Be sure to keep in mind that first impressions work both ways. Although you may be very interested in working on a particular project the new client is proposing, your first impression of the client matters, too, so pay attention.
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If your new client is unclear about the overall guidelines of the project, offers minimal information, takes more than 3-4 days to get back to you, tries to add more to your workload (without pay), take heed! The best thing for you to do is to politely let this new potential client know that it’s best if you both part ways now, as they just don’t seem to be the right fit for you. And that’s okay. There are always going to be lots of other freelance writing jobs available, making it so that all you have to do now is pick yourself up, dust yourself off and hope things work out better with your new potential client.
Research It’s always a good idea to do a little research on any potentially new client, and for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it’s important to have a little background information so you’re not totally in the dark when it comes time to discuss the new writing project. Even though many freelance writers tend to conduct their interviews online, these interviews are really no different from an onsite interview. This makes spending the time to find out more about your potential client time well spent. Because the client is sure to notice that you’ve taken the time to gather some information on them, it’s highly likely that they’re going to appreciate your efforts. This shows them that you’re indeed interested in the proposed project, which is going to score you a few good will points. Yay! This simple act could even differentiate you from the rest of your competition, which is really important nowadays.
Essentially, performing a little research first shows you care about the project. And you just may be surprised at how much time you can save in your initial meetings, all by simply doing a little research first, allowing you the time to discuss a few more in-depth details of the project at hand.
Your Fee – Hourly Rate or Fixed Price? The decision to work hourly or for a fixed-price needs to be made, and is dependent upon a few different factors. For example, the answer could be completely dependent on how you prefer to work. Do you enjoy the structure that working hourly provides? Or are you someone who would rather work without any parameters, giving you the freedom to work whenever and wherever you want? Also, how long will the job take to complete? If it’s expected that it will take 1 month or more, it may be more beneficial to work on an hourly basis.
Also keep in mind your hourly rate when it comes to accepting smaller jobs. Say a potential client is interested in having you write a 10 page eBook on business etiquette, and you can do it for $500. This total fixed price seems reasonable because they’re paying a set price for a quality item. Given that it takes about 1 hour on average to write one page, it looks like you’re getting paid about $50 p/h, a decent income. But what if you’re able to write 2 pages in 1 hour? Your hourly rate just jumped to $100 p/h. Since many clients tend to have a set price per hour in mind, they may be more willing to pay you a fixed price vs. an hourly rate.
Payment Options Many freelance writers request a percentage upfront before starting on any new writing project. Although it’s ultimately up to you to decide how much of the total contract you should request in advance, most freelance writers ask for between 25% and 50% upfront. If your potential new client is uncomfortable putting up this high of a percentage, it’s a good idea to be open to negotiation. Once you’ve established a trusting relationship with this client, it’s very likely they’ll agree to give your usual upfront percentage for future projects.
Open Communication Keeping an open line of communication is essential to a successful working relationship. Never take anything for granted, and instead make sure that you do whatever it takes to keep the communication lines completely open. And don’t be afraid to contact the potential client with any questions you may have, no matter how small or simple. It’s much better for you to ask questions now for clarification purposes, which can help avoid any potential issues in the future.