is a time-consuming work, especially if your blog is popular (or you
intend to make it popular as soon as possible). A professional
blogger doesn’t simply write articles from time to time: they need
to do a lot of research, to explore the market, to come up with
original and interesting ideas, to do guest blogging and so on.
That’s why it can be wise to hire a professional freelance writer
able to ease it up a bit for you and write interesting and
However, it may take a lot of time and nerves to find a right one. Moreover, not all of us have enough budget and time to afford a long search (not mentioning that probably no one would want to waste money on writers who’ll later turn out to be not as professional as they say). That’s why I want to share with you some tips that could make the whole search process much easier and quicker.
Write a clear job description.
Sometimes a person hires a writer only to find out that they aren’t able to complete the task assigned to them. Yes, sometimes it happens because writers lack competence, but sometimes it happens simply because a task was too unclear. That’s why it’s so important to make your job description as clear as possible, specifying everything including responsibilities, main topics, keywords, plagiarism checks and so on.
Don’t forget to mention the benefits of your job too: a writer needs to understand what they’ll receive in exchange for their services. This includes not only the amount of payment but all the others details (including payment method and frequency) too.
2. Choose a platform for your search.
There are many platforms where you can find good freelance writers. However, you still should do your research and choose such platforms before you start looking for a writer: this will make everything much easier. Some people prefer searching for a writer at freelance websites like Up work, some look for bloggers that write good and make them an offer, some create a page “write for us” at their website and wait for writers to apply.
You can choose one of these options or try using all of them: the only important thing here is to prepare well. For example, if you want to hire writers with the help of your own website, you should come up with the right text for “write for us” page. And if you want to find writers on freelance platforms, you should focus on job description more.
3. Evaluate all job replies.
You’ll probably receive many offers and CVs after you start looking for a writer. However, not all of them will be good. Lucky for you, finding a good writer is easier than finding a good manager, for example, as you are able to evaluate writer’s skills starting from a cover letter. But in case this doesn’t help, here are some tips that can help you make the right choice.
A good writeralways focuses on the skills and experience that are important to you. For example, if you looking for a writer for a design blog, a cover letter should tell you about writer’s experience and knowledge of this niche, not simply list all their virtues. It’s always good when a writer sends you a portfolio that is related to your niche too: this means that they are focused on your job offer and aren’t simply sending a template cover letter to everyone.
4. Offer a test assignment.
A test assignment isn’t always necessary: sometimes a portfolio is enough to make your decision. However, sometimes you still might need it done (for example, when a writer has a lot of strong works but they aren’t related to your niche at all). Moreover, a test assignment can help in case you’re feeling uncertain about a candidate of if you have a very specific job requirements (for example, need a writer to use a lot of keywords and so on).
A professional writer is always willing to write a test article or other kind of text for you. However, you have to remember that this is still a work that requires some time and efforts. If you pay for a test assignment, a writer will be more willing to complete it.
5. Have a conversation with a chosen candidate.
It doesn’t have to be a Skype call if you don’t have much time: a simple chat would be enough. However, such conversation is necessary both for you and for your candidate. You’ll be able to ask how familiar a candidate is with your niche, do they have any ideas and suggestions for future blog posts and so on. Meanwhile, a writer will be able to clear all the details about payments and job process.
I hope that these tips will help you to choose the right writer for your blog without struggling too much. I also wish you good luck in finding the best candidate for this job!
BIO: Sophia Clark is a creative writer from New York who loves to share her thoughts with readers. She is a tutor and a freelance writer for BeforeWriting, who is interested in education, blogging and sharing her ideas. In her free time she enjoys writing fiction as well as reading it. Her big dream is to publish a novel one day. Connect with her on Twitter and Google + or find her in other social media.