Wow! Can you believe the year is coming to a close? We’re full into the holidays, and in just a few short weeks we’ll be entering a brand-new year.
And Wealthy Web Writer wants to help you get off to the very best start in 2013. So, we have a very unique, very useful Challenge to help you cap off 2012 — one that will put you in position to make really good things happen in the coming year.
Drumroll, please …
Your Challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to create and define your work process.
As freelance web writers, we’re often a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants kind of lot. But when you set out a work process, it can make a world of difference in how smoothly your projects go. You’ll procrastinate less, have less stress, and enjoy more repeat and referral business. Pretty cool.
Your process should answer several key questions:
- How do I answer a proposal request?
- What are my standard payment terms?
- What is the first step when I start any project?
- What questions do I need to ask the client as a project launches?
- What does my research phase look like?
- What’s the most effective writing approach?
- What’s my review process look like?
- When do I follow up with my client after a submission?
- How often do I follow up with my client after a submission?
You may have other elements to include in your process. What you want to create is a personal roadmap to how you’ll complete each project you land, deliver excellent quality, and exceed client expectations.
What this will do for you is eliminate the uncertainty so many of us feel when starting a new project. And since uncertainty is typically the main reason why we procrastinate, having this process will just make everything about your web-writing business easier.
First, here’s what you need to do to participate:
- Opt in. You have until December 21st to opt-in, but the sooner you opt-in, the more time you’ll have to see what others are doing, to receive tips from Wealthy Web Writer by email, and to get feedback on your progress. To opt in, just add a comment below telling us you plan to participate.
- Spend the next 3 weeks developing your work process.
- On December 31st (or sooner), email your process to Heather Robson.
Remember: You need to opt-in by December 21st to qualify to win.
Then, stay tuned for tips and guidance throughout the coming weeks. Keep tabs on events, articles, and blog posts. Delve into the existing resources on the site, too. If you have any questions, post them in the comments below. Team Wealthy Web Writer will be checking the comments regularly to answer questions and share useful tidbits of information.
Why You Have To Opt-In
We’re asking you to opt-in for three reasons:
1. We want to know you’re participating so we can send new tips and tools directly to you.
- We’d like to follow your progress from start to finish.
- We want to keep you on track so you see this Challenge through, and stating your intention publicly is a great way to stay motivated.
All submissions for this Work Process Challenge must be received by midnight ET on December 31, 2012.
How To Submit
On December 31st (or sooner), send your work process to Heather Robson as a Word document.
It’s as easy as that!
The Grand Prize for this Challenge will be Clear Path to Profits by Pam Foster. Team Wealthy Web Writer will review each submission and select the best one to receive Pam’s program.
Even if you’re not our Grand Prize winner, you should still participate, because by completing the Challenge, you’ll be putting your web-writing business on stronger footing.
Tips For Success
Check out these resources for guidance:
Yay! I Get to Write My Business Plan by Heather Robson
2 Steps to Make Your Web-Writing Career a LOT Easier by Mindy McHorse
Define Your Client Process by Mindy McHorse
Shine When You Present Your Next Proposal by Susanna Perkins