Just as in any job, in the world, there are always employees or employers who may have some unethical work practices. There is a reason why freelance writers who use bad work practices tend to remain at low paying rates for an unusually long period of time. The nature of freelance writing jobs focuses on a good amount of trust on the part of both parties involved. Because of this type of business relationship it is of the utmost importance to show good work ethic as well as honest business values when dealing with clients who contract you for freelance writing jobs. Displaying bad practices early in a business relationship is likely to result in you being booted from the job or absolutely not returning for repeat business which is some of the most lucrative work a freelance writer can get.
Bad Practices in Freelance Writing
Some of the worst practices in freelance writing are:
- Misleading Profiles
- Missing Deadlines
- Ignoring Communications
- Lack of Availability
- Not Following Instructions
- Failure to Communicate
- Outsourcing Work without the Employers Knowledge
- Withholding Important Information about a Project
- Being Dishonest about Project Completion Times
There are many more unethical practices in freelance writing and just about any other type of employment on earth. However, it is most important to remember that if you feel you may be doing something wrong, it may be best to consult with a mentor or even the client before proceeding with your work. Getting caught in a bad work practice is plenty of cause for an employer to leave you bad feedback or bad reviews. Repeated bad feed back or breaking such rules as Plagiarism or ignoring deadlines can actually destroy a freelance writing career before it starts.
However, if you are still unsure of what may be considered bad writing practice try to adhere to the following rules:
- Be Assertive About Your Skills
- Discuss Your Rates Upfront
- Ask Questions About the Project
- Organize a Schedule
- Beat Deadlines
- Alert Employers Immediately of Any Possible Delays in Your Work
- Follow Up with Clients After the Job is Turned in
Yes, one of the most important things you can do to build or maintain a good business relationship as a freelance writer is to check back with your client after three to seven days to be sure your work was to their standard, to offer revisions if need be and most importantly, to let them know of your availability for future projects.