Make your clients compete for your attention!
Many successful freelance writers have the advantage of having their clients compete for their attention, because they have too many project going at the same time. Lately, this seems to be my main problem, although the results from this only made me see that having my clients compete for my attention wasn't so horrible to start with.
When a writer starts to see a change in their popularity in their blogs or website, they also start to see the jobs lining up for them, and then they really start to see high paying gigs. In most cases, writers are able to accept the offers because there aren't many of them, but there are other times when writers find themselves being overwhelmed with so many clients.
Instead of taking the high road and just ignoring your clients because you simply do not have time, OR you want your clients to know just how important your time is, you should let them compete for your attention, and let them know how great of a writer you are.
First of all, if a client is seeking you out, there's a reason for that. It may be that all of your marketing efforts are finally paying off, and all of the right people are getting a hold of your profile or website. Another reason for your success is that you are a great writer, and clients love your style. Regardless of what the reason may be that made your clients seek you out, you should let them know just how valuable your time is.
When my clients first started to contact me, I immediately began to accept all of the projects. This led to me doing a lot of work, and most of the jobs were paying about the same amount of money. When this happened, I decided to let a few of clients go, and this led to a change of mind for many of my clients because they really liked my work.
So, I slowly started to raise my prices to see just how much my clients needed me to work for them. It turns out that many of my private clients were more than OK to pay me more for my work. This was not only an eye opener, it it left me speechless as now, I was going to be able to make even more money.
If you want your clients to value you more as a writer, you first have to value your work instead. This means being able to ask for more money and make sure you work you butt off promoting your business.
In order to achieve more money for your work, you have to set up your business, and what you want your clients to see. For example: If you want to get more blogging business, then your personal or business blog better have at least 50 blog posts or more. Many writers make it their mission to not only set up their businesses, but also set up blogs, or accounts in several blogs or make their own websites for each service that they provide.
Does this work? YES! But, you have to continuously work on these websites so that prospective clients can see that you are determined to get their attention, and that you take your work seriously. Too many writers make the mistake of creating great blogs, and websites and building great traffic to them. However, since they get too comfortable with the amount of traffic that they get at first, they completely forget about their work, which is why there are hundreds of websites and blogs online that havent been updated in months or years.
There are more ways to get your clients to compete for your attention, all you have to do is work for it!