When to break up with a business content writer

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When you finally find the perfect content writer, you can breathe a sigh of relief and know that the trial and error is over.  It’s a great moment and should be enjoyed.  However, what was once a good idea may not always be a good idea and there are some signs that you should watch for that may be telling you that you need to break up with your business content writer.

Signs you need to break up with your business content writer

Your writer, be them a freelance writer or a staff writer, may show one or more of these signs that they are no longer cutting it.  The more of these they show, the more energy it may take for you to fix the issue!

  • They ignore your brief and ask for extra money to fix it: Missing something by accident is one thing, but if they deliberately ignore something in your brief and then expect you to pay extra for them to fix it, that’s a sign that their only concern is money.  While they do have the right to charge for revisions, they cannot expect you to pay for a revision on something that they didn’t do accurately in the first place because they didn’t read the brief closely enough!
  • They fail to update you and/or miss deadlines: This can easy to excuse away by a lot of writers as well as clients. A lot of content writers don’t update clients daily or weekly unless asked to do so, but if they just drop off the radar and don’t answer your messages, it can add a lot of extra stress to your day.  If you instruct them to give you updates every week and they don’t it might be time to move on to someone while will respect your wishes.
  • Their work is riddled with typos: Accidents happen and things get missed even between computer-based and human checks.  But if you notice that your writer’s work is chockablock full of typos ad obvious errors, don’t hesitate to get them to check it through again at no extra charge.

But I don’t want to break up with my content writer!

These signs aren’t rules, remember.  These are just examples showing that perhaps they’re not putting all of their effort into the work, or they just aren’t up to the standards that you had thought originally.  If you notice these signs, there are steps that you can take first to try to salvage the professional relationship with your business writer.

The first step that you can take is to bring up your concerns to them.  Keep a professional tone and explain the issues with their work quality, communication or organization.  Then, give them a chance to redeem themselves.  If that doesn’t work, or they tell you where to stuff it, you might want to reconsider!

It can be frustrating to have to search for a professional writer again, but it’s still better than wasting your energy, money and time on a content writer who just isn’t cutting it anymore.  

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Kelterss is an experienced freelance business writer and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creating Writing. Having served over 1100 customers while maintaining a 4.9/5 star rating, Kelterss is looking to focus her professional services in writing product descriptions and blog posts.

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