Hang around the water cooler with writers, and you’ll hear a lot of gripes about their freelance clients.
Since we have a “Water Cooler” forum in Freelance Writers Den, I get to do that a lot.
The stories are colorful:
“Get a load of this guy’s laundry list of requests for my content — which he wants done for a pittance!”
“Can you believe how little this website offered me?”
Yes. Yes, I can.
The world is full of business owners looking to see what they can get for nothing. The problem is, many writers suffer from low self-esteem — and are only too happy to oblige.
Writers like to blame their clients for their low pay or dull assignments. They love to skewer clients’ annoying personalities.
What writers don’t seem to love so much is doing the work to get better clients. Because mostly, it’s work you have to do on yourself.
Now, anyone can get one bum client. If you freelance for very long, it’ll happen. We all make mistakes.
But if you find it’s happening over and over again, then you’ve got a problem. It’s time to look at your attitudes towards your freelance writing career, and make some changes.
What do I mean by changing yourself to get better clients? Here are a few big reasons why writers end up with crummy freelance clients, time and time again.
How do you get paid what you deserve while doing what you love?
I thought about that a lot back when my freelance work mainly included writing for blogs and a local newspaper.
Then something happened that completely changed my writing business. I landed my first contract to ghostwrite a book.
That first project gave me the street-cred I needed to become a full-time freelancer and ghostwriter.
Want to learn how to land your first contract to ghostwrite a book and grow your freelance business? Here’s how:
Judging from the emails and Facebook questions I get, some freelance writers think I am the oracle of all knowledge. Fact is, I do not know everything about freelance writing. I get questions I don’t really know how to answer …