Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Why Payment for 'Accepted Work Only' Is Unacceptable!

There are a lot of jobs out there which offer payment for ‘accepted work only’. What this essentially means is that the ‘potential’ client expects talented writers to write a piece and submit it, allowing him to select the one he likes best. How the client makes his selection is never clarified and after submitting a piece, you can only hope you’ll hear back from him. However, hope doesn’t feed a hungry mouth or fill an empty pocket. In order to do that, you’d need a guaranteed paying job.

There are two reasons why ‘accepted work only’ jobs don’t work. Firstly, there’s the fact that most talented writers have paying jobs on hand and don’t have the time to work on a possibly unpaid project. The second reason is simply that most clients who don’t appreciate the amount of time and effort it takes to produce a good piece will not pay market value for it anyways.

No matter your current income objective or financial status, it’s wise to avoid ‘paying for accepted work only’ listed jobs. Instead, if it sounds interesting, send it a query letter with reasons why you’re suitable for the position. If it’s a genuine client, he’ll take the time to read your bid and respond to it accordingly.

Another wise move on your part is to ask for an upfront payment. It can be a small percentage, but it at least shows the client you are serious about the project and time-commitment. By adopting this new policy, you can definitely wave goodbye to ‘accepted work only’ clients, but you will be saying hello to some serious money!

© 2009 Usha Krishnan Sliva
Freelance writer Usha Krishnan Sliva has years of article and copywriting experience. To get more free tips and writing ideas, subscribe to her ezine-Getting It Write, today.


A.J.Johnson said...

I do not comment on all of your post and all are great, yet this one is very important as I have been down this road in the past; viewers should "save" these words of wisdom and post over their writing space. Outstanding as usual.

Best Regards,

Usha Krishnan Sliva said...

Thanks AJ. Don't they annoy the heck out of you, not to mention the $1 and $2 offers that go alongside them! Such a waste of time.