Crash course in freelance copywriting?
January 14, 2009 2:02 PM Subscribe
I need a crash course in freelance copywriting.
Yikes! I posted an ad to craigslist offering freelance copywriting, copyediting, and transcription services. I had no idea that it would pay off so quickly - I've got an offer for a job sitting in my inbox right now. And I have no idea what to do next.
I've done plenty of marketing writing, but it's all been within a full-time job. I've done some freelance writing for magazines, but that feels a bit different from a situation where I'm a vendor providing services to a client. What do I need to do to set up shop and provide good customer service?
- How do I figure out the scope of the work? The job entails writing copy for a revamped website. Do I simply talk to them, find out the pieces they need, work on a tone with them, and go?
- How do I get details on the product? Should I expect them to send me a spec sheet or existing marketing copy?
- Is it better to charge an hourly or flat rate for a project of this type? What do clients expect?
- How do I need to get set up, business-wise? Do I need to file any kind of paperwork or form a company, or can I just have the client cut a check to me, Jane. Q. Individual?
- How do I write a simple contract? Do I need to get a lawyer involved?
Any other tips or reminders about steps I've missed would be very helpful. Thanks!