Looking for the right writer to fulfill your needs? But wait, writers are all the same, right?
Wrong. Some have specific niches they stick to: medical, lifestyle, ghostwriting novels, and so forth. Some writers are capable of wearing many different hats. Some aren’t. Shouldn’t you know these things before you hire one?
Of course. Before you hire a writer for your project, website, or service, take the time to familiarize yourself with them. How do you go about doing that? Ask questions. I happen to like questions from potential clients. Why? Because it gives me a chance to get to know them as much as the other way around. I don’t hire out my writing services to everyone who contacts me, for various reasons:
- I’m busy with current projects
- That job doesn’t involve my skill sets
- You want high-quality, excellent work but you’re only willing to pay pennies on the dollar – hey, I need to make a living too
Looking for content development or writing services is often overwhelming, simply due to the number of freelance writers out there. Why, the Freelancer’s Union currently boasts over 375,000 members! How in the world do you navigate those waters? Carefully, and preferably with a paddle or two.
Tips for Finding the Right Writer for Your Needs
Finding the right freelancer writer to suit your needs depends on you asking the right questions. For example:
- Specificity it key. What exactly are you looking for? What do you need to help you reach your ultimate goal? When contacting a writer, let them know what you’re looking for. We’re writers… not psychics. We can’t read your mind. Don’t assume that we know which direction you want to go unless you have your blinker on. Tell us what you’re thinking.
- Ask to see some samples. Samples are a good way for you to gauge writing capability and style. Of course, be aware that samples are just that. Samples. Often, such samples are pieces of a work submitted to previous clients, based on their needs, and their If in doubt, ask a potential writer to create a short piece on a topic of your choice to see if they’re a good match for you and your project. Of course, offer to pay for that sample if you have them create one from scratch.
- Narrow your searches to specific skills or niches. Some writers are extremely versatile, others aren’t. Most writers will tell you if a certain topic is beyond the scope of their experience – then again, some don’t. (Refer to Tip #2)
- After you’ve got a short list in hand, open dialog, through email or a scheduled phone call.
Bottom line: Hiring the perfect writer for your project is not always easy, but by following a few simple tips, your search just got a little easier.