Of course there are hundreds of thousands of freelance writers but not every one of them is outstanding. Now what do we mean by that? Well an outstanding freelance writer is someone who is very good at what they do. They get plenty of job offers and are well paid for their work. But if we were to examine people who could be safely described as an outstanding freelance writer, what particular features would we discover? Here are just five.
- They have the ability to proofread and edit their writing.
- They always answer the question or stick to the topic.
- They deliver their work on time every time.
- They don't accept work for which they are not qualified to write.
- They adopt a professional approach and treat all people with respect.
You will notice that in the list of features above there is no mention of their ability to write well. That is just a basic assumption. You can take that as granted. If nothing else, a top freelance writer knows the art and business of writing. They know how to research a topic, extract relevant information and then translate that into a quality piece of writing. But the other five characteristics are equally important.
It's no good if you as a freelance writer can produce excellent work but don't know how to proofread it and edit it. An outstanding freelance writer knows that they have to research the topic, have to write about it well and then they have to polish the finished product. In fact the product isn't finished until it has been polished. So if you aspire to be an outstanding freelance writer then make sure that your skills as a proofreader and as an editor are up to scratch.