While no freelance writer should miss a deadline or mismanage clients, some mistakes could create an opening you weren’t aware was available.
I once had a client who only wanted re-writes of old content from Competitor sites. I must have misunderstood the role because the job description asked for “%100 original content for Topics provided and workloads completed by the end of the week”. They asked for 3-5 articles a week and sent what I assumed was an example of work to be completed.
No, what they wanted was simply my version of events of what the article detailed; a paraphrase of sorts. This is not what I do- Nor was it what I did for them. Instead, I drafted Ten Articles of original content, quotes, back links, and more based on the topic of the article and relevant/follow ups on it as well. While they were impressed with my work and published nearly every piece, they never paid me.
Counting My Loses & Setting A Standard
I counted it as a “loss”, but was impressed with myself for defining my standard as a Content developer aside from just a freelance writer! I have a lane that I stick to and I am not shy about that.
I don’t hold my nose up at those who do feel that simply passing Copy Scape is something to strive for. However, I want to do more than just copy and paste my life away, edit and re-dress someone else’s work. There has to be more to it than that, right?
Have you ever heard of any one making six-figures from a copy & past job? Neither have I. I plan on writing for television blogs like my girl Wendy Williams or editing material from some government grant paper. I plan on working on stuff that really pays.
Work Worth My Reputation and Time
A freelancer has to invest in projects that are worth staking their reputation on and investing their time in.
Sure a few good gigs to buff up my portfolio is something to be grateful for, but I also don’t want to tarnish the brand. Gaining a reputation as an article writer, content spinner, content developer, or strategist, or whatever your preference is a hard enough thing to do without having to dig through the trenches and still end up doing remedial work.
At the most these jobs offer $20-$40 a week for 10-15 articles per job. While most professionals could push out more than thirty rewrites a week- I don’t have time for that. Seriously! I work between Naps, feeding rotations such as lunch, snacks, treat times, and dinner, laundry shifts and Diaper changes, and every so often in the midst of a temper tantrum. If I have to sacrifice my time from my children, it will be for more than Pizza Money.
A Freelance Writers Mistakes Can Give Them Purpose
Long Story short, I am glad that I am not a carbon copy, Edward-Scissor-Hands, article writer making a living chopping up the work of others. I am glad that this experience was more of an eye opener than an embarrassment.
While this was the first of many mistakes as I began Freelance Writing, It was the most memorable because this is where I gave myself the definitive title of Content Developer.
I stopped just writing anything, became more selective in my jobs, and found long term clientele with clear content needs and strategies to get them done.
I saw an increase in Client consultations, reader conversions, and Positive feedback from following clientele. I simply stopped settling all because a mistake made me re-evaluate my potential versus my earning.
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