10 Things To Keep In Mind Entering Into A Freelance Writing Contract
Freelance writing is ironically done on a contract. It is bound by parameters. The writer is free to pick the assignments (or not); but once he has picked them, he is morally bound to finish it to the tee. Otherwise, he does harm to his reputation and writing future.
You have to keep certain things in mind while pursuing a career as a freelance writer. Here are 10 moot points of consideration –
- 1. Hourly or contract – Global online work platform contractors offer work on a fixed or hourly basis. When you do an hourly job, your payment is guaranteed whether or not the contractor likes your work. It is not the same with fixed job.
- 2. Your portrayal – You may be an individual but place yourself on the profile as a team. Now, while posing as a freelance team, you are expected to tackle quantitative work. However, as an individual, if you are allotted too much work, it means that the contractor is taking a risk and is willing to pay the consequences.
- 3. Availability of the contractor – While doing freelance writing, contractor’s availability is of pivotal importance. You need to note when they are available, so as to get prompt feedback on the work done till the time. It would be frustrating to get a sudden feedback which makes you do the work over again.
- 4. Meeting deadlines – You cannot afford to miss deadlines as a freelance writer. Period!
- 5. The genre – You should have authority on the genre you are taking the assignment about. You should be in a position to show recent work in the related field and the positive feedback you got on them.
- 6. Number of revisions – While developing website, you are generally asked to revise once. While writing, you may have to agree to 2-3 revisions. There has to however be a limit to it.
- 7. Abiding by directions – In your zest for completing the freelance assignment on a subject are comfortable with, you should not forget to abide by the directives given by the contractor. There may be keyword specification; introduction of a particular sentence; call to action; or anything else.
- 8. Updating – When you write articles on a website, you need to keep track of the sequence. If articles are being repeated, you should convey the same to the contractor. You should also make sure that the articles are uploaded on a daily basis.
- 9. Original content – It has often been mentioned and yet it holds the key. You cannot plagiarize and your content has to be original and instructive. After all, you are being paid for it.
- 10. No manual errors – Proofread your article at least three times. It should be free of frivolous errors; grammatical, situational; schematic. Reduce errors to negligible proportions.