The Top 3 Things I Discovered Quite Quickly
As A Freelance Beauty Writer Available For Hire
A week and a half ago, I decided I would look into being a freelance writer. And oh boy, there were a lot of things to read. Articles, blog posts, PDFs, Microsoft Word documents- it seemed like no matter how many things I read or websites I visited, there was always at least 5 links to click on that page that led me to more research. However, most of those websites either taught me about a completely new topic that I had no idea about before (SEO, anyone?) or extended my knowledge on a topic. And even though you could look into the wonderful world of freelancing yourself, I’ve decided to share some of the main things I’ve learned- specifically, the top 3 things I’ve learned. And so, without further ado, here are those top 3 things I’ve learned.
#1: Never doubt how much you’re worth
I’m sure you’ve been told this before if you’ve done even the smallest amount of research on freelancing, but seriously, don’t undersell yourself just because you haven’t been freelancing for long. Here’s an example of the logic: lets say you were babysitting or tutoring for 6 years, and then you moved. Would you charge the same rate as you were, due to your experience, or would you start at the minimal rate because you were in a new location? Yeah, that’s what I thought. So please, please, please don’t charge a lower amount because you just started freelancing. You have a lot of knowledge about the subject you’re being paid to write about, don’t you? Let your price points show that!
#2: Do your research before contacting a client
Whether you’re responding to a Craigslist ad or a job board, or you’re directly contacting a potential client, you need to make sure you know enough about them that you can include little details in your message to them. This not only shows them you have that eye for detail you probably say you do in your resume or on your website, but it puts you above the freelancers who don’t do research and only respond to what the ad says, without any extra detail. So if you want to set yourself apart from the rest of the people possibly responding to that same ad, or pitching to that same company, make sure you do your research. Depending on how long it takes you to find the person/company’s information, this could take you 15 minutes, or an hour., but it’s worth it either way.
#3: Don’t make it difficult for a potential client to contact you
Okay, imagine this. You have a website and a blog up, both of which are set up with your domain, the perfect theme, and you even have the right analytics and plug-ins to both. Let’s say a potential client sees your site or blog, and they think you’d be just the right person for the services they need. The problem? You don’t have your email, phone number, or any other means of contacting you. So instead of spending half an hour or more trying to find your contact information, they move on to the next freelancer, who made sure to include multiple ways to contact them on all their pages. Doesn’t that sound like a nightmare to you? It does to me, which is why I made sure to have multiple contact forms on my website, and I listed all the ways someone can reach me on my blog.
And there we have it, my top 3 pieces of advice for any freelancer- regardless of what industry your niche is in, how you land clients, or how long you’ve been freelancing for. Below I’ll list all my links, in case you want to contact me or see what kind of writing I usually do.