Monday, October 08, 2012

Checklist of What to Look for When Hiring a Freelance Writer

Checklist of What to Look for When Hiring a Freelance Writer

Writing Style - Every individual has his / her own distinctive writing style. Before making a hiring decision, ask the writers to show you samples of their previous work. This should give you an idea of their inherent style of writing. You can judge whether their style is simple, focused and professional? Do they write convincingly? Does the sample content reflect their knowledge and understanding of a specific field? In addition, you may also ask them to show you samples of work done for other businesses in the same industry as yours.

Ability & Willingness to Research -
While some projects require in-depth subject matter research, others may involve use of facts and figures. Find out if the writer is willing to research the topic before producing website content or articles?

Location - You might want to have a face-to-face interaction with your freelance writer. In such a case, you should hire someone in close proximity so that you can have regular meetings. However, if you comfortable with the concept of online work environment and feel that can put your requirements across to the writer via email & phone, you can even work with some one in another city or country.

Costing & Charges - It is imperative to understand how the writer will bill you for content writing - per word / per project or on an hourly basis. This should give you a realistic idea of the costing and help you to choose a writer who delivers content within your budget.

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