If you have a website or blog, you should keep it updated on a regular basis. One important aspect of that is having high-quality content. You may not have time to write the content yourself or simply don’t have the skills, which is where the benefit of hiring a freelance writer comes in. When looking for a freelance writer, pay attention to these qualities.
One quality you definitely want in a freelance writer is dependability. A writer who doesn’t answer your first email for days or who seems to never adhere to what they promise to, is not someone you should work with. From the moment you first start communicating with a potential writer, you should look for signs of their dependability. Perhaps you asked for a sample and it took them a week to provide it, or their first batch of articles was days lates without any type of explanation. These are not good qualities to have in an independent contractor.
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When you contact a writer about an upcoming assignment you have, you should always ask for samples beforehand. If they claim that all of their work was done as a ghostwriter, so they can’t share this work for you, ask if they can write you samples. A good freelance writer has samples in multiple formats, including documents they can attach to an email of different types of articles and blog posts, as well as published work under their name so you can see a live version of that work.
It is also a good idea to ask the writer about their pricing structure beforehand. The amount they charge can tell you a lot about their skills. Different writers have diferent rates depending on the service they provide, their experience, and their personal goals. While charging a low rate doesn’t necessarily mean their quality will be poor, you should question why they are willing to write quality content for such a low amount. On the other hand, a writer that wants you to tell them how much you want to pay is a red flag since it shows their lack of experience. A good writer already has an idea in mind about how much each different assignment should cost.
In addition to samples, ask if the writer has any references available. This should be a previous client that worked with them in the past. While you don’t necessarily need to have references, it is a good quality to have. If the writer doesn’t have any references, ask for a brief explanation why. You might also want to put them through a trial run before officially signing a freelance contract with them if you don’t have any proof of their dependability.
As long as you follow these tips, you will be well on your way to hiring an exceptional writer for your content.
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