2009 has to be the year for you to make money! But
wishing is really not enough. What you need is a kick-ass marketing plan to
sell your business. That’s right. It is a business, it’s yours and it’s not
going to grow if you don’t push for this to happen.
Wanting newer clients and pitching for jobs on
various job sites is not going to get you on track. It’s amazing how many
freelance writers I know, give up or wonder why they are not meeting mortgage
payments, or worse yet, decide to lower their rates; just to meet their monthly
targets (if they’ve set any, that is). Freelance writing, just like any
freelance business, is really hard if you do not set yourself goals, market
your services and treat your company just as you would any other business. And
just because you are freelancing, it really doesn’t mean that you work only 3-4
hours a week; at least, not if you want to see your company develop and bring
in the money. Even if this is a part-time venture, you need to take it
seriously and put in the time.
So, the first thing to do, is decide on a niche.
And more on that in my next blog. You’ll see why. To get started, write out
your Marketing Plan.
Give your company a name
It doesn’t matter what you want to call it, but you need to put a name to your
services- It could be John Smith’s Copywriting Services or Martha McMillan’s
Technical Writing services. By defining what you do, you are well on your way
to selling your services to others.
Write out a plan
Planning for success accounts for 50% of achieving it. The rest is hard work and dedication.
So put down your plan on a spreadsheet or word document or a big piece on
paper, which will be taped someplace prominent.
Your plan will have some or all of the following:
– Who are your clients?
– What is your niche?
– What are your short- mid – long term goals?
– What is the object of you freelancing? (as
opposed to finding a proper paying 9-5 job)
– How do you plan to achieve your goals?
– How do you track your goals?
– How do you increase your client base?
– How do you fit all of the above into your
– What is your advertising/promotional plan?
– What is your advertising budget?
– Can you divert some funds from your income
Tape up your plan
You need to see this plan everyday, so make sure you have it some place prominent- on your
desktop, on the wall next to your computer, in your diary- it doesn’t matter
where, just as long as you can see it.
Remember to revise
Things change- you may be able to work longer hours and get in more clients, or maybe
you’ve done a course and now feel ready to increase your fees. Your marketing
plan should be able to accommodate these changes. In fact, plan to revise it at
least once every 6 months.
So, go on and get started. It should take less
than an hour to do, but the results from having a Marketing Plan will be
obvious throughout the year.
About the Author:
For more articles like these, please visit
http://www.writechoiceforyou.blogspot.com and subscribe to
our free bi-monthly newsletter.
Usha Krishnan Sliva