Want to boost your freelance writing income? You can.
Test yourself by answering three questions.
When you can answer "yes" to all three questions you'll be amazed at the results you'll achieve.
You'll notice that two of the questions are about goals. I've been writing for money for over 30 years, and I've found that setting goals is essential. If I forget my goals, even for a day, not only does my income go down, my level of satisfaction decreases too.
If you're not enjoying your writing, and are dissatisfied, check your goals.
Now, let's look at the three questions.
1. Are You 100 Per Cent Professional in All Your Client Interactions?
Every single client you will ever have is a unique individual. They have worries and concerns, even as you do.
Your aim should always be to make your clients' lives easier through their interaction with you.
You make their lives easier by being professional. Ask questions. Ask them again if you fail to get a response. Not only does email go astray, we can easily misfile emails.
Always meet your deadlines, because other people (sometimes their jobs), depend on you doing that.
Beyond behaving professionally and compassionately, try to give additional value. Do MORE than the contract calls for.
2. Have You Set Income Goals for This Year, Month and Week?
When I'm working with my writing students, the first thing I ask them is to share their writing goals.
Few writers set goals. Their goals are invariably just desires.
A goal is always clearly written (yes, written). It also has a deadline, as well as tasks you've created which will achieve that goal. A goal should also be easily measurable -- you should be in no doubt as to whether you've achieved it.
If you haven't set goals, start by setting goals for this year. From those long-term goals, set goals for this month, this week, and today.
3. It's All About the Words... Have You Set a Process Goal for Today?
I like to set "process" goals for each week, and each day. Process goals are action goals.
For example, I have a daily word-count goal. Often I achieve it. Sometimes I don't, and that's fine. Just having a daily word-count goal means that I write more.
How many "yes" responses did you give to our freelance writing test?
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