If you want to grow your freelance writing business, one of the best ways to do it is to hire other freelance writers to help you out. BUT . . . this can be a whole other, time-consuming problem because most just won’t care about your writing business like you will.
Too Much Freelance Writing Work — Needs to Hire Help
I received the following email from a freelance writer with a good problem to have — she has too much work and needs to outsource, but is not quite sure about how to go about it. Today, I sent her an abbreviated response because I’m simply swamped for the next couple of days with deadlines.
She wrote, in part:
My point in contacting you – I have come to the realization that even when I’m swamped with work there is obviously only so much I can accomplish as an individual.
I would like to look into outsourcing my work. The main concern I have is how to have faith that a person will do the job with flying colors. (emphasis added)
If I have someone transcribing 5 hours of audio – I would want to go over the document to make sure everything is A+ – it’s my business name on the line after all. Another thing I’d be worried about is having someone ‘steal’ clients or working out side deals for extra work (not going thru my business but more of a one-on-one).
I have placed a few craigslist ads in the past looking for some great people (I received an overwhelming response) so I do have some people I’d like to try. (emphasis added)
When you first went about hiring people to represent your hard work, did you draw up a contract with them? If so, what kind of issues do you feel is a MUST?
The last question I have is how to decide what kind of pay rate for the people I’d be outsourcing to? I can’t offer the moon & the stars right off the bat & I don’t want to lowball anyone.
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