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Do your Freelance Writing Clients want more than Words?

What does freelance writing mean to you? For most, this career is mainly involved around writing for a wide variety of clients. Of course, there are other tasks that you will have to take care of in order to keep your business running smooth. For instance, you must pay taxes on time, keep good accounting records, and much more.

But what happens when your freelance writing clients want more than words? In other words, they ask you to write for them, but then spring additional tasks on you as well. If this does not sound familiar to you, you have been lucky thus far. While most freelance writing clients will never ask you to do extra work, there are some that do not operate this way.

One of the extras that I have come across time after time is being asked to post articles after I write them. In other words, a client wants me to write an article for them, and then post it with special instructions to their static website or blog. Is this a big deal? Not really; it usually only takes a few minutes per article. But with that being said, it can be time consuming if you have several clients asking you to do the same.

Is it alright to ask for more money if a freelance writing client wants you to do more than write? This is a tough spot because you want to get paid for your time and work, but on the same token you do not want to put the client off. If you are lucky, the client will ask you to do additional tasks, and then offer you some extra money to do so. As of right now, I upload articles for several clients, and each one has offered to pay me accordingly.

If you are not comfortable with these additional tasks, there is nothing wrong with saying no. The fact of the matter is that your job is to write, and you may not want to get involved in any other way. But before you turn down non-writing work, you should consider what you are doing. You may miss out on some additional income, or worse yet, put a client off by not working with them in this manner. 

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