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What are your Work Hours?

As a freelance writer you need to know your schedule, for the most part. This does not mean you have to work the same hours everyday, but you should definitely have an idea of what you are trying to accomplish. This will ensure that you get your work done, and that you also have the proper communications with clients.

Do you tell clients that you operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? If so, you are not alone. My first freelance writing website made it pretty clear I am always available to talk about a project no matter what time of the day it is. And while I have not used this site in a year or so it is still live and receives some daily search engine traffic. Last night, for the first time in a long time, I received a call from a potential client well after my regular work hours. In fact, it was close to midnight. Fortunately, I was still awake and had just powered down my computer.

The point of my brief story is simple: don’t tell people anything that isn’t true. While I don’t have a problem talking with anybody about a project I would rather not do so late at night when my computer is not on. After all, I want to give a high level of customer service and being in bed without a computer makes this a difficult task. I made a mistake by stating that I accept calls 24/7.

If you are in the process of building your first freelance writing website or already have one, make sure you are 100 percent sure of the information you include. I have seen many websites with the “24/7 lingo” and yours may be one of them. If so, you may want to think twice about this. You never know when somebody will take you up on your offer to talk.

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