Working with a Freelance Writer

As a freelance writer of website content, blogs, newsletters, success stories, user manuals and other technical and marketing content, I find that the people who hire me are generally too nice for their own good. We freelance writers are tough. Here are a few facts you may not be aware of:

1. Freelance writers live on promises. They’re delighted to let you wait two or three months before paying them. In fact, if you think you might have additional work for a writer “sometime,” you might as well hold onto the check until sometime arrives.

2. Freelance writers have only have one client–you. They thrive on shifting deadlines; the time set aside for you will always be there, regardless of whether you move the deadline further way–or weeks closer.

3. Freelance writers love group reviews. There’s nothing like a committee for developing one unified, clear, logical vision of what your content should look and sound like. Everyone agrees with everyone else and no one ever edits anyone else’s ideas. As for delays while each group member takes a three-month vacation–never happens.

4. Freelance writers include anyone with a liberal arts degree: actors, poets, painters, musicians–well, maybe not poets; they get a little emotional. No need to worry about a writer’s primary language. Hey, if someone recognizes the alphabet, they’re a writer.

I hope that clears up a few myths about freelance marketing and technical writers. But if you need an experienced and flexible writer to help you over the rough places, please contact TWP Marketing & Technical Communications.