Posts tagged ‘clients’

December 21, 2011

Give the Gift of Thanks

If you are anything like the 77 percent of Americans who didn’t finish holiday shopping, you’re scrambling frantically for the perfect gift. With Chanukah here and only four days left till Christmas you are probably feeling hopeless; especially if you are a business owner giving gifts to employees or clients. The solution: Keep it simple by giving thanks.

It’s amazing what a (handwritten) thank you card can do. The gesture says so much more than any other store bought gift. Not only is it simple and inexpensive, it almost guarantees a smile by the recipient. It’s also the perfect excuse to buy pretty stationary and corny cards. While you can purchase thank you cards with a message, I prefer blank cards so I can personalize it. Giving each note a special touch makes all the difference… and it’s good for business. Clients really do appreciate the effort business people make in getting to know them and building a relationship.

Of course, this strategy isn’t only reserved for holidays. Sending notes all year is a great, fun idea. Try sending two thank you cards everyday. I know what you are thinking… “I don’t have time to send two cards to clients everyday.” Trust me. It doesn’t take a lot of time. I spend about ten minutes five days a week sending personalized thank you notes. And I must admit that they are ten minutes well spent; especially since I they seem to be well-received judging by the responses I receive. I also love the tingly feeling I get when doing something to bring a smile to someone’s face.

December 14, 2011

A Freelance Writer’s Christmas List

It’s that time of year where  the smell of mistletoe and pine fill the air. It’s also the time where all the best bargain hunters

scramble around to present those nearest to them with the perfect gift.

Just in case you were wondering, us freelance writer’s aren’t terribly difficult to shop for. In fact, it’s practically a walk in the

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park.  And I’ve been especially good all year. I’ve turned in stories on deadline and even did the extra legwork to find amazing sources so I know I deserve something good! 🙂

Not sure what to get someone like me? Just take a look at my list for some direction:

1. To have the time to write two books that I’ve had on my mind for a while

2. That all future assignments pay at least $2 a word (Thanks Michelle V. Rafter!)

3. That all publications I work with pay on receipt rather than on acceptance

4. That I get a ton of client referrals so I’ll almost never have to market myself again

5. A subscription to all my favorite magazines

6. The ability to keep churning out amazing story ideas

7. To get two assignments for every pitch sent out

8. An external hard drive and time to back everything up

9. A loving, lasting relationship with all of the most fabulous editors and clients

10. The opportunity to interview a high-profile person for an article

11. Have a column syndicated

12. Have a movie created that is based on one of my stories

13. Time to travel and write about my travels

14. That a bunch of people re-tweet this post

15. Make friends with lots of other freelance writes in the area

16. To be able to retain some rights to everything I write that is published

Am I missing something? Hey fellow writers, what’s on your list?