Owning and running a freelance writing business is hard work. You don’t really want to work that hard, you just want the money that comes with it.
So here’s how to make it go away:
- Cloak of invisibility – Hey, I’m good. Real good. SEO and advertising is for wimps. If people really want a good writer, they’ll go the extra mile and find me.
- Cone of silence – So many people are Chatty-Cathy’s. If they want to leave comments on my writing blog, I make it easy to do. That doesn’t mean I have to talk with them. I’ve already given them a soapbox, what more could they ask?
- What Design? – Look, Blogger gave me this cool design of my site for free. I’m saving a ton of money which I could use to buy some cool gadgets for my computer.
- GPS Navigation – It’s not my fault if people can’t use a computer. How hard is it to use a scroll bar and a mouse? Hello! People who can’t figure it out should just go back to AOL and leave the rest of us alone.
- Any old content will do – I save my best stuff for a client when they request a sample. Why should I give my best for the whole world to see for free?!
- I’m too busy to follow up – Once I send a proposal to the client, the ball is in their court. Not my job to make sure they’re doing what they’re supposed to. I’m a writer, not a babysitter.
- Don’t negotiate – I charge big bucks every time because I’m worth it. All I need is that one big client and all those other el-cheapos that want a free ride can go away.
- Deadlines are just suggestions – I’m very busy. An artist sometimes needs time to find their muse and get into their groove. We can’t be beholden to artificial time-lines.
- I don’t do revisions – My writing is just fine as it sits. Remember, this is what I do for a living. I’m the writer and you’re just going to have to trust my judgment on this one.
- Social Media is a waste of time – I don’t have the time to tell the whole world what I’m doing in 140 characters or less. None of those people every turn into clients anyway.
- One kind of project – I’m an expert in this one kind of writing. Jack of all trades, master of none, I say. There are plenty of other writers out there if clients insist on a fringe project.
There you have it. Making your freelance writing business go away is easy if you just follow those easy steps!
Posted by George