Working at writing

Occasionally I like to post about the business of freelancing and working with clients. Here I’m going to share how I start out with new projects.

As a freelancer, I start new projects all the time and it always starts with questions. On my end, I like to begin with gathering lots of information a new client:

  • What kind of writing are you looking for?
  • What is the scope of the project?
  • What is your deadline?
  • How many revisions would you like to see?
  • How do you like to communicate about the project?
  • Is there a style or tone that you’re looking to capture?
  • What do you want the project to accomplish?
  • What audience will be reading it?

I like it when a new client asks me questions too, whether it be how and what I charge (usually by the project), how I like to work (lots of communication), what kinds of writing I’ve done in the past (I usually direct them to my portfolio) and whether I have any creative suggestions for their project (I really like that one).

Asking lots of questions helps us to get on the same page and minimizes surprises along the way.