While most of the freelancing platform has a lot to offer, it might still not be enough to get you hired!
Almost all of the new writers have to start their career with the platforms like Odesk (Upwork), iwriter and text broker, because they have no clips when starting up.
And this is where your application comes in action. Of course, you need to write an engaging and ingenious application when applying for the jobs; it sometimes not enough. And when that’s the case, some writers jumps to using spammy techniques for quick success. But this cuts their profile points.
Let’s get started with the tidbit stating where exactly you could go wrong.
Ghost-rating your profile
When you are getting up from ground level and starting your career, every job is essential. Howbeit, when your application isn’t able to drive you, clients, you might think of ghost rating yourself to look rich-prolific and experienced.
But, but- this can be a bad idea at times. Many people often believe that an excellent rating is all you need to kick-start your career. Let me tell you this is purely a myth. You rather need to work on your skills. Most of the hiring companies seeking good writers look for skills over experience. These companies do not select the one with credible ratings; they choose the one who can capture them in their proposal.
Bragging about yourself
Now that gives us the next tip for flying higher in your freelancing career. When it comes to creating a responsive application, you would probably be thinking about weaving the winning bid by adding a lot about you. But, stop right there! You don’t need to do this. Be more genuine.
Consider yourself a client looking for a writer. There are over 30 proposals, with everyone claiming years of experience; it is evident that most of them are faking. Now when you see a short and genuine application stating your real grades, that’s where you will outstand. You need to make your application genuine and authentic. If you have just a couple of months experience say 17 months, write the same.
Instead of writing- I have 17 months experience in XYZ niche
Write- I have been writing creatively for last 17 months.
These little things make your application stand out in the room where most of the people have had said their experience as two years, five years, ten years and so forth. Also, with this method, you will always find land the right gig.
Sluggish communication and slow turn-around
Once you get the job, you start working on your first ever write up. After some time reality baffles you a little- the work is too time-consuming, pay isn’t much, you already have your money in escrow or have an upfront, and you feel bored.
This is where your turnaround time could increase, and communication could start breaking down. At this period, you could forcibly continue this job, but you need to jump out the comfort zone.
If you are bored with the job tell your client that you have got a leading project and you would like to work shortly. Howbeit, if the work is high paying, and you do not want to miss this but at the same time cannot continue as this isn’t growing you, then you can consider outsourcing. Find a ghost-writer for you and get NDA signed. And you are ready to go!
Pricing like a pro in the beginning
Many writing websites claim that you need to sound more professional when applying for the job and for that, you need to price tag like an expert writer. Okay, now to some extent it is right; every employer wants to hire an expert content writer but at what cost? Before throwing your sky-high prices, you need to look on a budget of the client. If the customer is offering high, then you can ask for whatever rates you want. However, in latter case don’t ask for what’s beyond the budget, rather Enter a minimum price.
Pro tip- throw your quote in odd numbers, it shows higher response rate.
Make sure that your freelancing profile and portfolio is stating your real qualifications.
You need to make yourself look more genuine and skillful. Showcase your plus in portfolio. If you are totally new to writing, then you can go for low-paying or even free writing jobs to catch up with good experience. Always display your real skills in the application and be active when communicating with the clients. You can get some good perks from improved communication.
So, now that you know about the wrong terms, it’s time to up your writing game.