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Accepting Projects that you don’t know a lot about

As a freelance writer, you are a self-employed professional. For this reason, you have the right to accept or decline any project that comes your way. If you are like most, you are probably most comfortable writing on particular topics. Personally, I try to stay within my knowledge base because it not only makes the work easier, but it also goes a long way in ensuring that the client will enjoy the finished result. Of course, there are times when I decide to accept projects that I don’t know much about. The question is: is this a good idea for me or any other freelance writer?

I have written about everything from airplane technology to dog breeds over my years as a freelance writer. Any topic in which I lack knowledge, I spend some time familiarizing myself before accepting or declining the project. With the help of the internet, I can usually get a good idea of what obstacles I will be faced with if I decide to take on a topic that is new to me.

There is nothing wrong with accepting projects that you do not know a lot about. Even though it can take some time to learn the material and finish the job, you should keep in mind that you will be expanding your knowledge; and as a freelance writer this is always a good thing. The first time that I wrote about dog breeds I was unsure of what I was doing. But now when a client asks me to take on a project under this topic, I have much more confidence. The bottom line is that more knowledge can never hurt your freelance writing career. This is not to say that you should attempt to specialize in every topic, but there is no reason to turn down a good learning opportunity if you are confident in your skills.

I do not always accept projects that I don’t know a lot about. With that being said, it is not because I am afraid of the challenge or don’t want to learn more. I may have other things going on, or simply feel that I am not the best person for the job.

If you have the time and do not mind doing some research, you should consider taking on jobs that may not be right up your alley but ones that you are more than capable of completing. Who knows, you may find a new subject that you thoroughly enjoy! 

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