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Don’t be Afraid of Working for the Big Boys

Many freelance writers dream of landing contracts with big name companies. But guess what? When they finally have the chance they shy away. Although it can be intimidating to work with companies and publications that are well known, you need to keep in mind that this is your job. If you can get your foot in the door there is nothing to be afraid of. Remember, you are good at what you do and the company you are working for is good at what they do.

There is no reason to be afraid. This is the way I look at this situation: if a company wants to hire me they are doing so for a reason. And the reason is that I am a good writer who has a lot to offer. Many freelance writers get caught thinking that they don’t deserve to work with the “big boys.” This is not the case. If you did not have something to bring to the table you would never get attention from big name clients.

If you want to take your freelance writing career to the next level you need to be willing to work with any company that wants to hire you. You cannot freeze up and turn down big contracts because you don’t think you are ready.

Take for example a member of my freelance writing course. Last month he was offered a large contract by a real estate company with a well known name. While I am not 100 percent sure of the contract specifics, the gig paid quite a bit of money. Unfortunately, he was afraid to move forward with such a project for two reasons: the company was “too big” and he was not confident in his skills. Although I offered my advice to the student, it was his decision to ultimately pass on the job. In my opinion there comes a time in every writer’s career when he either needs to fish or cut bait. If you are scared to take on big contracts, for whatever reason, you will never find yourself making the progress you deserve.

Don’t be afraid of working for the big boys. Big companies are the same as small ones. They are run by people who are looking to move up, jut like you. You have the skills and confidence to do a good job for any client, no matter how big or small.

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