How to Hire a Freelance Writer

So you need some writing work done and you’re either not a skilled writer or don’t have the time? Hire a freelance writer! Freelance writers offer writing services online, are independent workers, and usually work from home. Some writers offer different services than others, so you’ll need to find one that fits your needs.

How to Hire a Freelance Writer

  1. Search: Search online for a skilled, experienced, and talented freelance writer. There are millions out there. Narrow your search by seeking those who match your needs. If you need a blog written, find a blog writer, not a grantwriter.
  2. Know: Know what you need. Be specific and clear in your job posting. What do you need written? What is the word length of your project? When do you need it completed? Will the writer receive credit in the form of a bio or will you be buying all rights to the work? How much are you paying and in what format? You must be able to answer these questions to hire a freelance writer.
  3. Post: Post your writing job on an online job board. Some good writing job boards to post to are:
    Freelance Writing Morning Coffee Newsletter
    You should start receiving applicants shortly after it goes live.
  4. Choose: Sort out your applicants. Are there typos in their application? Do they have relevant writing samples? Are they experienced and skilled writers? Check their websites and writing samples. You should be able to get a good feel for their writing style by reading some of their work. Choose the top three applicants.
  5. Hire: Send an email with any questions you have for your top three applicants. Judge your choices by their answers and promptness. Choose the writer you feel matches you and your writing project the best. Hire that writer!

Working with Your Freelance Writer

When you send an email to the freelance writer you’ve chosen you should get a response with a complete writing contract or agreement. The contract must include all deliverables (what work you will get), when payment is due, what the writing fee is, what copyrights you are buying, what the revisions process is, and both parties’ full names and addresses. Sign and scan your writing agreement or complete an electronic signature with DocuSign.

Review the work when you receive it, and get back to the writer promptly. If you need something changed simply ask for a revision. The writer should get a revised version back to you in a timely manner (this is usually specified in the writing contract). When you are ecstatic (yes, you should be ecstatic with the work!) with the results, send the agreed upon payment to your writer. Keep that writer’s contact information, and hire that writer again.

Share your experience with your colleagues, and refer that writer when someone else is looking to outsource their writing work.

Have you had an awesome experience hiring a freelance writer? Leave a comment below!

Why do You Write?

When someone learns I’m a writer, they have one common question: “How did you get started?” These are those who want to know if I really make money writing for clients online. Sometimes they are curious about why I chose this career path. So, here’s my answer. It’s a bit long, but I am a writer after all.

Let’s Start at the Beginning

Fifteen years ago I was struggling with my career choice. I had all of the options of a high school graduate. I scoured the internet and the local library looking for ideas on what to do to make a living. I went to business school for a bit, but that wasn’t for me. I love learning but prefer online classes. I worked at an auto parts store (where I met my husband!), but that wasn’t something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was a job, not a career, although I did consider it. In high school, after I figured out being a homicide detective wasn’t going to work out for me, I decided I wanted to open my own coffeehouse. I did an entire presentation about it my junior year. I even interviewed local coffeehouse owners. It was an incredible experience. I knew then that I wanted to be my own boss. The entrepreneurial spirit was in me, but it wasn’t until then that it made itself known.

The Obvious Choice

I was the type of kid that wanted to do everything. Every year I had different career goals. In high school it changed every month! In grade school I really wanted to be an artist. I wanted to draw cartoons, and I practiced every chance I got. Recently, my mom gave me a bunch of old papers from school. In it was a pile of assorted aged papers. There were stacks of some pages stapled together or tied together with string. I pulled out these little books I made and read each one. I laughed, because at the end of each book I’d written my name, the book number (I wrote seven small books that and numbered all of them), and then wrote, “I want to be a cartoon artist when I grow up”. On the books! I didn’t realize that my passion and career path were staring me right in the face.

The Connection

I was writing since I learned how to, and I loved it. It was the one constant in my life. I always wrote. I kept journals. I wrote poetry, short stories, essays, anything I felt like at the time. I always had a notepad and pens on me. But I always saw it as a hobby. I never connected writing to a way to make a living. One day my husband looked at me and said, “You write all the time. Why don’t you just do something with that?”

And that was it. It was like I was waiting for someone to say that to me all of my life. I did the research. I made the mistakes beginners do. I read every writing reference book I could get, all of the writing reference websites that were out at the time, and started a portfolio.

I’ve fulfilled my dream of being my own boss and running my own business. I love my business. I love writing.