Posts tagged ‘freelancer’

February 28, 2012

What Journalists Actually Do (In case you didn’t know)

Keeping up with the trend of the recent “What I do/What they think I do” memes, I figured it was about time I post one for the writers and journalists out there. Here are a few posted on sites such as StuffJournalistslike.com and futurejournalismproject.com.

(Via Stuff Journalists Like)

(Via Future Journalism Project )

(Via Word Thief)

(Via Jelena)

So do you finally understand what writers do? I hope so, because it’s very frustrating when I have to constantly explain it. 

November 22, 2011

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Freelancer

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Most businesses know that hiring someone to produce quality work can do wonders for their bottom line. What they don’t know is hiring a new employee or an agency is not their only option. There’s the freelance option. In fact, taking the freelance route, can not only save  money, but insure better work in half the time. Need more convincing? Here are five reasons why you should hire a freelancer.

1. Less is more.

In case you didn’t know, freelancers are generally cheaper than big-time agencies. With freelancers you don’t experience huge mark-ups and extra fees, because freelancers don’t have to worry about big overheads like agencies do. But don’t let the price fool you. Even with lower rates, a good freelancer can produce high-quality work.

2. One contact person

Hate having to deal with the run-a-round at big time agencies? Freelancers eliminate that problem. When working with a freelancer, you are given one contact person – the person who will be working on your project! So there will be no talking to X, Y and Z in the hopes that your information gets passed along to A. You get to speak directly with the person in charge of your project, and not the boss that will eventually give your job to the intern.

3. Motivated professionals

Unlike employees, freelancers only get paid when they have work. Paid holidays don’t exist in the freelance world. Neither do sick days. One bad month could mean a few weeks in the poorhouse. In other words, we work hard for that money… and client satisfaction. Freelancers are extremely motived to churn out high-quality work in the hopes that it leads to more opportunities and a chance to put food on the table for another week!

And remember much of a freelancers livelihood depends on the referral. So if you are happy with the work, pay it forward and refer, refer, refer!

4. Deadlines made easy

Projects that require quick turnaround time are easily handled by freelancers. They don’t need to get approval from their superiors, and it’s much easier for them to adjust their schedule in order to fit your project in. A rush fee may apply, but they are usually much less than the rush fees quoted by agencies. Rush fees may not even be necessary as freelancers usually have quicker deadlines than agencies. Freelancers usually work on one project at a time so they have  the ability to dedicate a lot of time to your work as opposed to an agency employee who probably works on several projects at once.

5. Gift of flexibility

Work on the west coast but have a freelancer that lives on the east coast? No problem. Even though freelancers do operate via business hours they specify, many of them have the flexibility to work around your schedule. I’m pretty sure you’ll have a hard time trying to find an agency willing to make calls at 9:00 pm their time in order to accommodate your time difference.

Are you convinced yet? Visit my website, writingbyterri.com and see what I can do for your business.