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How to Hire Freelance Writers from CraigsList (and Other Online Sites) to Outsource Work to & Grow Your Freelance Writing Business

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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Freelance Writers: 3 Indicators That Your Client is Asking Too Much (and Not Paying Enough)

The following is a guest post from copywriter Jon Adam Green.

All freelance writers love a new client.

After all, a new client means new business, and new business sometimes turns into repeat business – the stuff that keeps food on our tables even during slow times of year.

BUT . . .

. . .  is it possible for a client to ask too much? Could there be a client whose demands go so far beyond what you’re willing (or able) to provide as a writer that you find it necessary to actually end your relationship with that client?

Freelance Writing Insight: My Story of Bending Over Backwards for Clients

freelance-writing-advice-on-stressful-clientsWhen I first started freelancing, I can remember bending over backwards for some clients – even when they were only paying peanuts for my services. By my (naive) reasoning, I should have been happy to have paying customers at all and if doing a little “extra work” for my clients meant keeping them, I was happy to do it.

Long story short: With all the phone calls I was making, spreadsheets I was preparing, and market research I was completing – all of which were completely unrelated to my duties as per the agreement made with my client – I wasn’t writing much of anything.

And I wasn’t getting paid for the extra work.

Freelance Writing Advice for Newbies: Indicators That a Client Is Asking Too Much

New freelance writers need to know that the writer-client relationship should be fair to both parties. Here are some indicators that a client may be over-reaching:

1. You’re not writing anything. If we call ourselves freelance writers, then that’s just what we are: writers.

When you see that the general tasks being performed for your client don’t have much to do with writing, he or she may be asking too much.

Examples of this may be a client who wants you to phone him or her after doing some research for a company presentation, working on a temporary marketing campaign that involves lots of phone calls but very little copywriting, or, in an extreme case, representing your client at an event.

2. You’ve acquired the company brand. It’s not unheard of for clients to give freelancers an email address associated with the client’s business so that they will look official and be able to maintain contact with people working in company offices.

If this just means setting up the email address to forward into your main business inbox and you’re only receiving an occasional note, it’s probably okay.

If it leads to your becoming a primary point of contact for your client’s business, however, you may have a problem. Likewise, if you ever find yourself making phone calls and saying, “Hi, I’m So-and-So with [client’s business],” and the call has little to do with what you’re writing for the client, you may have acquired the company brand.

Wasn’t not being associated with a particular company one of the primary reasons you started freelancing?

3. You’re undervalued. Even when you aren’t being assigned unorthodox tasks, maybe your client is asking you to do more work than what you agreed upon when you first decided to work together.

If this is the case, you’re being undervalued. Never do more work without being compensated. As with all scenarios in which clients overstep their boundaries, you should exercise caution when bringing your dissatisfaction to the client’s attention.

Don’t behave angrily or be overly emotional. Let him or her know that the work you’re doing is not part of the agreement that you both made in the beginning. If you know you don’t want to work with this client anymore, say you have too much work to do and won’t be able to get to them in the coming months.

Or tell them you’ve raised your rates.

Freelance Writing Advice on How to Handle Clients Who Overreach

What I’ve found, however, is that it’s best to calmly explain your concerns and be completely honest about why the client’s demands are troubling you.

Oftentimes, clients are very receptive to your concerns and are willing to re-negotiate. They’ve kept you onboard because they know how good you are, and there’s a good chance they’ll be willing to make some concessions in order to keep you around.

Sure it’s a cliche, but here it is . . .

Honesty is the best policy.

It’s what keeps us freelance writers professional and ensures that our best clients keep coming back for more.

About the Author: Jon Adam Green is a professional freelance copywriter and college English instructor. He maintains a blog at jonadamgreen.com.

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A Freelance Writer’s Life Abroad: Inside Peek at My Life as an American Living in Jamaica for a Year, Part XII

In the last post in this series on living in Jamaica as a freelance writer, I promised to try to explain why settling into a routine is important to your income when you live abroad….

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Freelance Writers: 3 Reasons Not to Panic — and Advice on What to Do — When Things Get Slow

It’s summer and a lot of freelance writers are experiencing dry spells. If you’re new to the game, this can cause you to panic. You may be wondering if you made the right decision to start this career and if you can make a go of it.

To be sure, you definitely want to know when things are going to turn around. Well, following is some sage advice to relieve your mind if you’re worried right now.

I’ve been doing this since 1993 and have seen all the economic cycles as a freelance writer. And I’m here to tell ya, you have nothing to worry about. Following is why — and some ideas on how to weather this nerve-wracking time.

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Week in and week out here, you get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers (new and experienced).

Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work and

How to Land More Clients by Making Your SEO Writing Stand Out from Others.

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A Freelance Writer’s Life Abroad: Inside Peek at My Life as an American Living in Jamaica for a Year, Part XI

This Girl a Go Go is homesick. I know living and working in the paradise that is Jamaica is a dream come true for many (me included), but every time I go away, I get this way about a month or so into the trip. I know it will pass – and I’m still having a blast, but I miss the comforts of home like:…

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Freelance Writer Resume Tips: How to Put Together an Effective One to Start Landing Freelance Writing Jobs

Today is Freelance Friday Tips day. And, as the economy is still in the dumps and causing many to look for work as freelance writers, I thought I’d focus on the all-important freelance writing resume.

I get a lot of questions from wannabe freelance writers about transitioning from full time to freelancing. Most want to know about putting together a “writer’s resume.”

I personally don’t believe in having a “writer’s resume,” so to speak. I like to call it a professional profile.

Why I Don’t Believe in “Freelance Writing Resumes”

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Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

Week in and week out here, you get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers (new and experienced).

Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work and

How to Land More Clients by Making Your SEO Writing Stand Out from Others.

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A Freelance Writer’s Life Abroad: Inside Peek at My Life as an American Living in Jamaica for a Year, Part X

In yesterday’s post, I responded to an American who wondered about finding work here in Negril “under the table/off the books”. Today, I wanted to add a little bit more to this post as I had to log off in a hurry yesterday and didn’t answer her entire question (ie, what’s going on with the upheaval in Kingston)….

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A Freelance Writer’s Life Abroad: Inside Peek at My Life as an American Living in Jamaica for a Year, Part IX

The day before yesterday, I received an email from an American asking about finding work “under the table” here in Negril, Jamaica. …

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A Freelance Writer’s Life Abroad: Inside Peek at My Life as an American Living in Jamaica for a Year, Part VIII

As I reported in this post on living and working as a freelance writer in Jamaica, Sunday is family day. So yesterday, my sister and I went for a 7.5 mile walk – yes, 7.5 miles in the hot boiling sun! We’re training for the full marathon here in December. But, that’s a side point. …

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Freelance Writing Jobs: The Type of Writing Where One Page Can Make You $1,000

The site I’m recommending for today’s Freelance Friday Tips was chosen for a couple of reasons, ie:

I. Make $1,000 for Writing One Page: Yep, there is a type of freelance writing job where you can make this amount of money – believe it or not. It’s writing white papers. The site featured today explains what white papers are, how to write them, and a whole lote more. If you want to start out as a “high-end” freelance writer, this is one niche to look into.

The site also featured some interesting insight into how to grow your business using social media, ie . . .

II. The Power of Social Media: Do you believe that you can grow your site’s traffic exponentially JUST by using social media? I have to admit, I haven’t had a great amount of success with social media. But I think that’s my fault, not because social media doesn’t work.

The case study cited on this site not only proves that you can drive tens of thousands of visitors to your site – in only a few short months – it tells you how and why you should really invest in this form of marketing.

Social Media Marketing Tip: . . .

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Advice, Tips and Info to Help You Transition Successfully to a New Career

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Why Subscribe? Get Real, First-Hand Advice from All Types of Freelance Writers

You get first-hand “freelance writing stories from the trenches.” I routinely relay my freelance writing experiences — everything from setting rates, to how to market, to knowing when to say no to a project. Also, I answer questions – in great detail (no fluff here!) — from other freelancers writers. Recent posts you may have missed by not being a subscriber include:

Why I Turned Down a $2,000 – $3,000 Freelance Writing Job That Could Have Led to Even More Work; and

How to Get Freelance Writing Jobs Advice: How a New Freelance Writer Landed a $150 Gig with No Experience, No Samples & No Website – 4 Things She Did Right.

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Hope you’re having a fabulous beginning of the week. I’m so stressed with my impending move to Jamaica I can barely think straight. I’ll get it together soon though.
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A Freelance Writer’s Life Abroad: Inside Peek at My Life as an American Living in Jamaica for a Year, Part VII

Yesterday was an absolutely horrible day. First, the dentist started on my root canal. The procedure itself was not too bad, but the pain afterwards will make you a junkie. I was prescribed pain medication – 1 pill, 3 times a day after meals. Yesterday, I took 4 at one time – my tooth was hurting that bad….

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