There seems to be a lot of misinformation out there about when and how business content writers work. While I’ve seen some of the easier questions answered, I decided that I wanted to join the conversation about some of the tougher questions. So, I have for you 5 of the biggest assumptions/points that other people make about business writers and I have exposed them as being true or false!
Top true or false assumptions for business writers
- You get to put a high price on your content: FALSE. Sure, you’re technically going to be able to choose what rate of pay you want to charge, but you won’t be able to get any orders if you put your rate too high. You more or less have to match what your competition charges unless you offer some very niche-specific kind of writing.
- You get to work with whoever you want: FALSE. You aren’t the only content writer out there and there is always going to be someone else that will get those contracts and/or jobs working with the brands and professionals that you care about. That doesn’t mean, though, that you shouldn’t throw your hat in the ring!
- You get to work as much or as little as you want: TRUE, sorta. I do have the luxury, as a freelance business content writer, to get on up a Tuesday and decide that I don’t want to work that day. Push my deadlines and have a day for myself. However, my life is very much driven by deadlines and the needs of my various customers (which often clash). So, while I can work as little as I want or as much as I want, I still have to answer to my queue and customers at the end of the day.
- Having a career as a business writer makes it hard to pay the bills: TRUE. This is one of those questions that a lot of people shy away from, but I think it’s important to be honest about it! Whether you’re starting out as a professional writer or you’ve been doing it for five years, you never totally know where your next contract is going to come from. Job security is a very fickle thing in something as fluid as freelance writing. Can you pay your bills as a professional writer? Yes, absolutely. Do you have the luxury of knowing how much each paycheque is going to be from month to month? Not so much. Be careful in overspending!
- You’re constantly having to upgrade your knowledge: TRUE. Just because you know how to write and you’ve got an understanding of grammar doesn’t mean that you’re set. You need to keep reading about SEO, the fine details of business writing, and more. Keep up to date on grammar and writing techniques. Read what others have written, etc. It’s a constant learning process.
Assumptions are subjective, including mine
Did any of these surprise you? Do you disagree with any of them? Why or why not? If you have any more of your own that you’d like to air out, share below!
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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 3 ,200 customers while maintaining a 4.9/5 star rating, Kelterss is looking to focus her professional services in writing product descriptions and blog posts.