I never like to say the word, “work.”
Not because I prefer idleness. Quite the opposite. As a freelance writer and editor near Portland, I look at content creation and refinement as fun. I am genuinely pleased to help my clients reach their audience(s). The task itself becomes the reward … largely because I’ve already worked out the compensation and am happy with it.
So how do you communicate self-motivation to a client?
Calling oneself self-motivated or even a self-starter is, well, a non-starter. These terms get tossed around a lot, because prospective service providers want to demonstrate autonomy and expertise. But if you hire a service provider and then the individual(s) don’t update you and deliver a shoddy product, then you’ll be gun-shy around anyone else who calls her/himself “self-motivated.”
Instead, I like to draw analogies. So when I’m on a freelance writing or editing project, I’m like Winston “The Wolf” from Pulp Fiction. I solve problems. I like to solve problems. Sometimes I invent problems just so I can solve them (ask my wife)!
I also don’t ever take on a freelance writing client unless I can get excited about his or her service. My clients are often trying to solve problems themselves, or build a brand centered on trustworthiness, so my work dovetails beautifully with theirs.
As I mentioned before, I tend to work pretty quickly on projects, but I like to take time to get to know you, your business, and your plans. When you hire me, I often say it’s like having an offsite employee utterly dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.
If you want to outsource website content, print ads, or other writing to a freelance writer, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ll also open it up … what qualities in a service provider put your mind at ease?
“I think fast, I talk fast … I’m here to help.”