Here’s a discussion topic to keep you busy until I list the next round of markets.
I just had an interesting Skype chat with a friend of mine who also happens to be a former client. He hires many freelance writers each year, and pays them very well, especially by some of today’s web writing standards. He’s frustrated with the lack of effort put forth by many of his freelance writers. He’s not the only one either. I’ve heard from others who hire freelancers that the freelancing craze is producing some lazy or lackluster writers.
I’ve been quoted as saying that you can pay a writer a million dollars, but that doesn’t mean he’ll match your passion, and it’s true. I’ve hired many writers and at least half of them put forth a very bare bones effort. My sites and blogs are my passion, for writers, they’re a job. I can’t pay anyone enough to match my own enthusiasm.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t expect freelance writers to do enthusiastic work if they’re not adequately compensated. If you’re only getting $10 for an article, you shouldn’t be expected to get out and promote the piece or do major research. However, if a writer signed a contract to do XXX amount of work for XXX amount of writing (and yes, an email saying “yes” is just as good as a contract), that writer should be expected to do what he promised. Moreover, if said writer was hired for a perky or authoritative voice and the client is just getting enough antiseptic copy to meet his word count, the writer isn’t delivering as promised.
So this is something I thought I’d toss up for discussion..
Do you put your passion into everything you write – regardless of payment and client?
The way I feel, is that I don’t want to put my name on any client project without giving it my best effort because it’s like a resume. Clients gauge my writing as a way to see if they should offer other gigs. They use their experience with me for recommendations and references, and potential clients use my past work as a way to decide if they want to hire me. So I do my best to give my clients everything they hired me for – and more, even if the pay is just OK.
Tell us about your writing.
How do you view your writing? Do you ever find yourself going through the motions for your clients. What, besides money, inspires passion in your writing?