About to interview for a writing job? Getting nervous that they won’t “pick you”? Stop right there. We need to talk.
At the start of your freelance writing career, it can be hard to know how to handle the waltz of impressing clients and getting gigs. Hell, in the beginning, everything is a mystery.
I get it—I’ve been there!
Aside from pre-interview jitters, however, I’ve noticed a more destructive pattern amidst the freelance writing crowd.
There exists an unsettling idea that clients are elusive, mythical creatures. That they’re limited in supply and hard to keep. That they must be coddled and wooed if you’re to pay your rent this month.
These stories translate to one detrimental idea: that clients hold all of the power.
I’m here to tell you that this simply isn’t true.
I’m here to remind you that you left the employee-employer mindset behind in the 9-5 world, and the rules are different here.
If you keep telling yourself this story, however, you’ll continue to look like an amatuer and perpetuate a vicious cycle.
We need to level the playing field in your head, so you can drop this rookie mindset and start seeing actual growth—even if you’re just getting started.
There’s a powerful mindset shift that can make the difference between being seen as hired help vs. a coveted specialist.
The way potential clients perceive you can impact the money you make, the working relationships you have, and how quickly your network (ie: your writing job referral machine) flourishes.
Obviously, this one’s important, so for eff’s sake, pause Netflix. Pay attention.
If you’ll do that, I’ll explain why taking back your power as a freelance business owner is the ultimate key to unlocking long-term success.
And please—read this post before you apply to or interview for your next writing job.