What Are The Pitfalls of Signing up to Writing Sites?
Signing up to sites that offer thousands of jobs to writers on a daily basis may sound like a good plan - but is it? Some sites charge writers for the pleasure of finding work on them, others are free to use once you've signed up. However, whether you pay for using the site or not, they are much of a muchness which is to say that as a writer (no matter how skilled you happen to be) you'll be bidding for jobs against lots and lots of other writers. More often than not each writer will probably be underbidding you just so they can get the work. It's an employers dream situation - all these writers vying for projects and wouldn't you just know it - there are more writers than jobs!!
Do Not Undersell Yourself
Over the years I have come across some great copywriters who do not mess around when it comes to their worth and because of the stand these writers make they become more and more successful and of course, more in demand. One person worth following is The Renegade Writer who not only writes brilliant copy but invites other writers to put in their tuppence worth - so there are plenty of valuable tips about writing for the Internet and so much more on the blog.
There are some superb copywriters out there and knowing who to follow means you could seriously improve your writing skills. This ultimately leads to new and better paying clients than you might already have.
The thing is that when you do find a talented copywriter and then read their interesting posts, you cannot fail to improve your own personal writing skills. These gifted writers publish engaging blogs which are great to use as reference points too. This is especially true if you are looking for some guidance on how to sell yourself to others.
There is a ton of competition out there when it comes to writing for the internet. You have to know how to sell yourself without losing sight of your true value as a writer. On the flip side you don't want to fall into the trap that many writers stumble into, which is to oversell themselves. This can be just as bad because clients will soon notice if your copy is not up to scratch and will not come back for 'more'. However, the chances are they won't want to pay you for the work you have done for them either.
Build Yourself a Website Using Your Own Domain Name
You have to promote yourself and you need to do this using either your own name or your company name - not pseudonyms because these do not inspire confidence in customers. Clients want to know who they are dealing with - it inspires them with trust. But you as a writer have to be confident about working for the person too. This means clients too need to be transparent and not someone who hides behind some inane logo or flag.
With this said you need to choose your clients as carefully as a customer needs to select a writer for a project - having your own website means clients come to you and not the other way round. Websites offering writing jobs are all well and good - but at the end of the day you will never really be able to sell yourself for your true worth when using them. Build yourself a website - get your own domain then get serious and make writing a true career you'll be paid for.
Author Honey Wood
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