Being a professional means that you’re going to have to, well, be professional. These tips always help me keep from losing my temper (for the most part). This means that I can walk away from it and know that I’m the professional and that they aren’t.
I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Dealing with customers can be very challenging and will lead to a lot of frustration. I’d have to say that some of my most important lessons in business have been around the idea of learning how to professionally and properly deal with customers. Specifically, those who…
There is a lot of content available that is scraped from a competitor or “written” by a spinning engine. It gives content writing a bad name since many average online readers don’t realize what’s going on behind the scenes. I manually write every single word that I deliver. Is it always loved by my customers? Of course not. Sometimes it might even be a piece of crap. But it’s genuinely and authentically my piece of crap.
There are quite a few things that I wish I had learned before becoming a professional writer. Still, these are the top ones that I use to help inspire the next generation of writers considering the career path. Use these as your compass!
Hard truths that connect to customers are ample learning situations where you can choose just how you will respond to them. It doesn’t mean you need to like it, or that you have to look forward to it. But you can absolutely learn from it and try to keep from learning those hard truths twice!
Accepting those hard truths is so important! You don’t have to take ownership of them because they are outside of your control. Just accept them as they are, and keep on moving forward.
Without question, moving while trying to keep up full-time hours as a self-employed professional is challenging and stressful. But, it is possible. Plus, when you get your new space and know that you did it, it’s a great power trip!
Sometimes my ability to write confidently is worth more (per word), and sometimes my time itself is worth more (per hour). As you get used to working as a professional writer, you’ll learn just where your time goes, and how you can effectively charge for it for the best paycheque potential!
We all tend to want to have a low rate because we think it’ll draw in customers. It will, but it often will be customers that will give you no end of headache. Set a rate that feels fair and accurate. Even if you get challenging orders and/or customers, your rate will make the headache very worthwhile!
I had to learn a lot of things about writing “on the job” and understand how to put them in their place. Below, I’ve shared them in hopes that they’ll help strengthen another writer who is just starting out!