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Working with International Freelance Writing Clients

As a freelance writer I am willing to work with quality clients no matter where they are located. Even though most of my work comes from the United States, I have several clients in other parts of the world as well. This includes Australia, England, Ireland, and South America among other areas. While there is nothing wrong with having international clients you should realize that this will present some problems that you need to become comfortable dealing with.

1. The time difference. This may not be a big problem, but it is something to take into consideration. For instance, when I am working some of my clients in Australia are sound asleep, and vice versa. As long as you discuss this time difference up front you should not run into any major problems.

2. The language barrier. I have some freelance writing clients in other countries that speak great English, but others who can be difficult to understand. Again, this may seem like a big problem but it is not nearly as bad as you may think. Since most communication is done via email I can usually make out what a client wants, even if they do not speak/write the best English. When speaking with these clients on the phone things can be a bit more difficult. Keep this in mind: you may have a difficult time understanding a client and they may have the same problem with you. The thing to remember is that you need to work together so both parties get what they want.

I have found working with international freelance writing clients to be a lot of fun. Don’t limit yourself to clients in your home country. There are opportunities to be had from one side of the world to the next. 

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