Handling Growth in Your Freelance Writing Business

You may start off slow as a freelance writer, taking a project here and there. Eventually, if you are good at what you do, clients will start coming to you more often. You will start to develop a base of repeat clients and you will get project offers more frequently. It can get overwhelming, but there are ways that you can cope with your expanding business.

My first tip is to allow yourself to grow. If you have set goals regarding income and how you want the future of your business to be, you are most likely going to have to learn how to deal with multiple projects and multiple pressing deadlines. Your freelance writing career will be what you make it, and if you don’t allow yourself to stretch and grow with your business, you will always be making the same amount of money.

Get organized. Keep a client contact database and update it every time you receive new information. Use a paper filing system, and use folders on your computer in the same fashion. I have a folder on my computer for every client, and within each folder I have another folder with each assignment and the agreement with that client is within their folder as well. Invoice records are in another folder, and I have a billing software to keep track of bills and payments. I cannot stress the importance of organization enough.

Learn to prioritize. Take care of your regular, predictable work first. If you know what your regular clients will need, get it out of the way ahead of time to make room for new clients. Do your work in deadline order. If there is some work that does not have a specific deadline, make up one and stick to it.

Manage your time wisely. Don’t procrastinate. If you have something that you could get out of the way early, do it. Monitor your little time wasters like repeatedly checking email, facebook, twitter, television, snacking, video games, or whatever distracts you. Early on, I never seemed to have enough time to get all of my work done. I actually started to time myself to see how many hours I actually spent working. The weekly number was shockingly low, so I figured out what I was actually spending my time on, and then I took that time and used it for writing. You may be surprised at how much time you actually do have to dedicate to your work.

Hire help. You can have other writers take some of the overflow for you. Perhaps you can hire an editor or a researcher to save you time when you are working on projects. It will take time to choose the right people and you will have to proofread the work, give feedback, and pay your assistants. All of this takes time, so factor it into your schedule.

Be particular about the work you take. Once you start to get busy, make sure that you only take projects that fit in with your business goals, interests and pay rate. You can set a slightly hire price for new clients and grandfather your repeat clients at your earlier rates.

Nurture your client base. Be careful about turning down work from your faithful clients who have repeat work for you. They may simply get another writer who is available. It is more important to take care of those who will continue to buy your work than to do one-time projects for new clients.


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