As you know, I’m dealing with several content writers who work for me personally. Initially I started outsourcing for two reasons:
1.) I needed help with my workload
2.) I wanted to give newcomers a chance to build their own business with repeat work.
However, I have seen some really disturbing behavioral patterns with many of these wanna be writers. In fact, out of over 20 applicants I have received for my initial job posting, there is only one writer of whom I can honestly say he is a top writer. I actually don’t pay him enough for what he is worth and he knows it. But that writer is a keeper for sure and every time I have work to outsource he is the one I contact these days.
Fact is that I cannot afford to pay more than I do unless I take a massive cut in pay myself and that would defeat the purpose of me outsourcing my work.
The main aspects of my worries with the other 19 are as follows:
Lack of dedication
If you want to earn money as a writer full time you can’t expect me to be happy when you take weeks to fulfill a simple job. Regardless whether I pay top dollar or not, jobs should always be completed in a timely fashion.
I understand some of us have less available writing time than others and that is fine. However, what I don’t understand is if I have to chase writers to get a job done. As far as I’m concerned I’m paying you to work and if you want to get paid it would make sense to work as fast as possible to get more work.
Lack of communication
The second trait of wanna be writers is a sheer lack of communication. What, has your email provider suddenly decided to stop serving you? It beats me how I have to wait over one month for a simple set of ten articles to be completed and then I only receive five with the comment that the topic was to “hard or complicated” to write about. Hmmm…honey would you like some more work?
I’m also not interested in hearing your excuses. I would seriously think twice to serve my clients with excuses about this and that. Yes, I understand we all fall under the radar at times and sometimes it just isn’t possible to complete the work in time. But please, COMMUNICATE the delay to your clients and not the excuse itself.
Your client really doesn’t give a toss about your pain, your illness or your lack of time.
Lack of effort
Whatever happened to dedication to grow your business? Life doesn’t always serve us money on a golden platter. More often than not we have to work for it and sometimes this involves things we don’t like to do, work that pays less than we like or jobs that pay nothing.
I’ve had my own fair share of freebies given to prospective clients. I’ve also worked way below my worth in order to get a new client on board. All of this is a calculated risk to grow my business at all times.
If I get stuck, I usually step backwards and keep going forward – it really is as simple as that.
How to walk the walk and still get paid
If you REALLY want to make is in this freelancing industry you have to learn to walk the walk. Sometimes the wind will blow from the front and at others you can enjoy back wind. Pay your dues and you will see results. Alternatively, keep complaining, tell excuses to your clients and refuse to communicate and you will be on the shortest road to failure.
It’s your call.