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10 Do's And Don'ts Of Starting Your Career As A Freelance Writer


As you start off your journey as a freelance writer, it is common for you to face some obstacles and you might have to overcome different challenges. It will be fun and you will certainly enjoy it, even though it could be rather difficult at times. Here is a list of what you should do and what you shouldn’t do as a freelance writer. Take note now!

Do’s

  1. Ensure your quote stays within the client’s budget
  2. Write quality contents without any grammatical mistakes
  3. Make sure you communicate with the client on a daily basis (or regularly)
  4. Showcase your work! Put all your good work on your portfolio
  5. Develop your profile immediately to get the attention of prospective clients
  6. Meet all deadline agreed between you and the client
  7. Reply to emails in a timely manner (preferably within 24 hours)
  8. Accommodate to your client’s needs
  9. Demonstrate your professionalism
  10. Remain a friendly relationship with your client

Don’ts

  1. Miss deadlines!
  2. Start an argument with your client
  3. Leave poor feedback for your client unless he/she is being unreasonable
  4. Ignore your client’s requests
  5. Plagiarise others’ work
  6. Spin any articles, unless you are specifically asked to
  7. Write any poor quality contents
  8. Outsource your work to others (unless you are allowed to)
  9. Make any excuses if your client does not like your work
  10. Start too many jobs at once

These are the most common do’s and don’ts for you here! You should have a good read on them and make sure you understand them all. As a freelance writer, you job could get rather stressful at times and you must be able to cope with it. Following these guidelines would certainly be able to help you greatly! Obviously, as a freelancer, you don’t have the obligation to work all day long; you can choose your own schedule, as long as it is agreed upon both the freelancer and the client. However, this also means if you don’t work, you don’t get paid, which is rather problematic for some. If you are serious about becoming a freelance writer, then you should certainly do some research first and make sure you are going to enjoy it! You wouldn’t want to find out that you hate it once you have quitted your regular job!

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