Finding a freelancer these days may be a little tricky. It’s hard to find a native English writer mainly as there are people from all over the world competing in the industry. To help you find the best content writer for your project, consider the following tips when searching.
- To start off, not all writers are the same. Some create web content while others are copywriters. Some work with direct mail projects, while others work mainly on promotional pieces. Some write e-books and some are journalists. There are ghost writers, too. Some writers work on specific types of content such as internet marketing, health, fitness, marketing and more. Determine what your needs are.
- Make sure you ask for samples. This allows you to see how the writer puts together a piece of content. While many have samples that are found online, this doesn’t always warrant they were the writer for that piece. Keep in mind that you should never ask for a free sample. If you’re asking for one, be prepared to pay for it. It’s a common scam where people ask writers for a sample and never pay them for their work. The employer, so to speak, takes that piece of work and runs with it. There’s a chance the job may not even exist. It is OK to ask for a free sample paragraph or two.
- Keep in mind some writers have other skills they can add to the content they provide. They can place illustrations throughout, incorporate videos, screen shots and more. Find out up front what all the writer can do or is willing to do. This can save you a lot of valuable time, but keep in mind the more you have them do the more you’ll have to pay.
- Make sure you know what you want and what you expect. Consider having an outline or a brief overview of what the project is about and what it entails. Do you want edits done if needed, or are you taking it elsewhere? Do you want the book broken down into sections or chapters if a book is being written? Make sure you provide a style guide and keywords to the writer if needed.
Again, not all writers are the same and while some may charge mere pennies, some charge a little bit more. Make sure to do the research needed and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Fees depend widely on the topic, word count, what’s being done, and what the copywriter or writer charges. Payment typically works on a per project basis.