There Is No Such thing as Freelance Writer Compromises
“Life is full of compromises” they say. We’ve all been taught to be nice, yielding, social, and people-oriented. We’ve been taught not to hurt others and allow others to have an opinion.
All that is good, and as long as it’s just an opinion, it’s good for you. In your freelance writing career, even a tinge of criticism is fine. However, there’s only so far that you can go with being nice. You can’t accommodate everyone and you can’t possibly be doing business with everyone.
Here are a few situations you’ll come across as a freelance writer and a few compromises you should never make and why there should never be anything like freelance writer compromises ever again:
Getting back to the day job
During your freelance writing tenure, there’d be no count of how many times you’d wish you had a day job. You’d be more than just tempted to receive a payment each month, on a given day. You’d miss the water cooler discussions (that the corporate types mostly have) and you’ll also miss the commute.
Don’t let that “apparent sense of security” fool you. Day jobs are no more secure than your freelancing business.
This is one of the most commonly heard problems freelance writers have (you’d only have to search on Google for this) and there seems to be no end in sight. While the entire community struggles with the tendency to lower prices in the hope of landing more business, it’s just not for you.
Low paying clients are often more troublesome and hard to work with than better paying ones. Take that and fire your bottom 10% clients away.
Don’t tolerate any degree of disrespect towards you — now this could be as a comment on one of your blog posts, on social media, elsewhere offline, on a phone call. Also, it applies to absolutely everyone who’s ever known you — old friends, acquaintances, family, friends, co-workers, vendors, etc.
You’ve come too far to tolerate any nonsense. You’ve also worked hard to be where you are right now.
Devaluing your time
If you ever go out on a call at that’s supposed to be at 11 AM and if your client doesn’t show up on time, what do you do? If you were like most people, you’d wait.
You, however, are not “most people” and you’ll refuse to wait anymore than 5 minutes. Maximum waiting time you’d want to consider is about 10 minutes. If people don’t keep their appointments when they said they would, walk out of the building.
Being Talked Down To
Assuming you work hard to do your research, edit, proofread, and write well, you’d never have to be talked down to. Don’t let anyone think they own you because they pay you for your work.
Consider this: you work with a drone manager who reports to your client (let’s also assume that the drone boy is absolutely incapable of understanding how and why you provide value or how talented you are, or how well you write). You work hard on a blog post and send it out to the drone boy. Now, he shoots a stinger email back at you saying that he doesn’t like the blog post at all.
What do you do? Sit it and write it all over again to please the drone? Talk to the client?
We recommend talking to the client first and then giving your 2 cents to the drone.
Originally published at peerhustle.com on September 29, 2015.