How Picky Should You Be as a Freelancer?


A lot of people ask me how picky they should be when selecting jobs online. As a writer, it can be very easy to try to take every single job because you’re trying to better your online resume and get your name out there. While this is all fine and dandy, the line has to be drawn somewhere.

If you find yourself really struggling and having a rough time completing a certain job, it may be time to quit. The great thing about working online is there are many other people out there that can take your place. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you should quit the second you get upset or frustrated when trying to complete something, but there must be some sort of line decided.

One suggestion is to finish the job you are currently working on and while doing so have a conversation with that particular client. Let them know how you are feeling and that you feel someone else may be more qualified for the work you are doing. You never know, they may be more than happy to help you along the way and teach you things that will help you in the future.

Of course, you don’t have to let it get that far to begin with. If you are iffy about taking a job initially, you don’t have to do it. Just because someone wants to hire you doesn’t mean you have to instantly work for them. There are so many people out there hiring writers that you are allowed to be picky to a certain degree.

When you first begin working online, it can be tough to pass jobs by because you are trying to get your foot in the door and get a feel for different types of work as well as start making some extra cash. When I first started working from home, I was taking all sorts of jobs, letting the clients know “I’ve never done this before, but I would love to give it a try and if I meet your standards, I would love to continue” or something to that affect.

Being honest and upfront is something that has always worked for me. While some may argue it’s not a very professional way to get things done, it has worked for me. I prefer to be 100% honest with everyone I’m working for than to try to make myself sound better than I am. I think honesty takes you a long way when it comes to working with people who you are likely to never see face to face, it really builds a trust and a bond that can last a very long time.

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