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Freelance Writers: 3 Ways to Become More Valuable to Your Clients
Written by Freelance Writer and Author, William Ballard
There is so much work for freelance writers … yet so little time to get it all done.
When you're just starting out as a freelance writer, it's hard to imagine ever being in a position where you have the power to say "no" to clients. But ultimately the challenge will no longer be finding new clients, it will be figuring out how to make even more money by saying "yes" to the clients you already have, without adding more time to your work day.
How can you achieve this? Become more efficient.
No matter how productive I am, I'm always striving to get better. And it's helped me improve my output over the years, as well as my income.
By doing things faster, you'll have the ability to take on more projects. Or, you'll be able to free up some time in your day while making the same amount of money – ultimately allowing you to enjoy this freelance writer's life that much more.
Here are few tips I've picked up from a master of online copywriting over the years that are different from the normal "productivity tips" you read about over and over again.
First, find the best time of day where you are the most focused and creative, then protect that time and leverage it at all cost.
Over the years I have learned to develop the successful qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation. I say that because instead of trying to single out a certain time during the day, I make myself focused and creative any time during the day when I sit at my writing disk. For some it's first thing in the morning, for others, it could be late in the evening.
I am still pretty young and have an over active and lively imagination and mind. So, the majority of the time the ideas I have are swimming through the deep oceans of my subconscious constantly throughout the day.
Not all writers in this industry have my over active mind and strong-willed qualities, so for some, the slightest distraction (Shiny things on Facebook) can drive you away from your goal. That is why it important to locate that block of time where you are most focused and creative and protect it at all cost.
Bonus: Figure out what time you write best and under what conditions. And then set yourself up to succeed by protecting that time whenever you sit down to write.
Second, find smart clients who know what they want, and become the writer who can provide it.
This way you can launch yourself into gigs without having to ask for more information or having to wait for approval from the client to proceed with extra writing services that may come up.
The best clients to work with are the ones who know what they want, believe that you are the only one to provide it, and value your ability to deliver the goods. Not only will you make more as a writer, you'll spend less time being hassled by clients who keep requesting revisions after revisions – simply because they aren't sure what their goal is and don't know how to work with professional writers.
You can also accomplish this by developing an "intake process" or an interview type meeting with the client. Your goal is to get everything you need from the client in this meeting in order for you to do (and finish) the job with a Spirit of Excellence.
Bonus: Not only will you be able to work faster, your client will appreciate how much you appear to value his or her time!
And finally, find out what kind of work you do best and do with speed and excellence.
It's an easy mistake to say "yes" to everything and anything that comes your way.
And, while it can be a learning experience at the beginning, as you discover what projects you do enjoy and are good at, you'll ultimately want to avoid projects that are outside of your core skillset and expertise (unless, of course, you're purposely trying to increase your skill set), because those types of projects always take more time to write.
Now keep in mind, this last tip is about becoming efficient and more productive as you find you're running out of time. Again, when you're starting out, it's perfectly understandable to accept projects simply to try them out. How else will you know what you enjoy writing about?
I also invite you to share your own efficiency and productivity tips with me in the comments below. Like I said, no matter how productive I am, I'm always looking to improve.
Regardless of what writing path your on, I want to thank you for a fun and exciting week, and I look forward to hearing your success stories soon. I invite you to share your story with me below. You can also contact me any time HERE or connect with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AuthorandWriterWilliamBallard
Have a wonderful weekend!
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About the Author
William Ballard is the proud author of, "The True Writer's Life: Discovering the Author and Finisher of Our Faith"
He has been writing professionally for over 10+ years and has much experience within the industry, both in publishing and in freelance writing. He has successfully self-published over 10 books and eBooks. Visit his Amazon Author Page to see list of his most recent projects.