How To Hire a Writer That Doesn’t Suck

So you want to know how to hire a writer? Read on.

Becky Meadows
ILLUMINATION

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Here’s the deal, the more I look for a job, the more achingly obvious it is that employers looking for writers have no idea what they’re actually looking for. Learning how to hire a great writer is a skill unto itself. Just look at any freelancing website and you’ll see writers out there offering their services from anywhere between $5 and $500. If you’re not in the field, that discrepancy can be a bit daunting.

So let’s break it down. I’ve been a writing coach, educator, and writer for hire myself, for as long as I can remember, and let me tell you some Do’s and Don’ts to help you learn how to hire a writer for your business.

It’s important to learn how to hire a writer before you start posting job listings. Photo by VAZHNIK

Don’t: Put importance on AP style and grammar

I get it, you want everything to be error-free. I know. But here’s the deal, that’s robot shit these days ok? Let the Grammarly and spellchecker run crazy and leave your writers alone. No one needs to do 67943 x 456 in their head any more thanks to calculators, so don’t think your writer is going to have memorized the latest edition of Struck & White.

Writing is simply so much more than grammar, usage, and mechanics. It’s amateur to think that this is what you’re actually looking for when you…

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Becky Meadows
ILLUMINATION

Becky is a consultant and copywriter. She lives, thinks, and works in Florida with her wife and cats. Reach out for inquiries at rebeccananns1@gmail.com.