Let’s talk about deadlines for freelance writers.
They’re not just suggestions.
If you’re not turning in work on time, you’re putting your career at risk. Your reputation is taking a serious hit.
Getting your work in on time isn’t the only concern, though. You’re better off getting it in well before it’s due.
Because you’ll make everyone else’s lives a lot easier.
Whether you’re writing for individual clients, content mills, or an employer, other people rely on your timeliness.
Turning in an assignment early gives everyone else some breathing room. If your content needs revisions, they get done faster, too.
Not that your content ever needs revisions. I’m talking about all of those other writers.
I’ve worked with writers who consistently turn in their work three or four days late. That’s unacceptable.
And guess what happens when I need to work with a writer in the future? Those writers don’t make the shortlist.
Hell, they’re not even on the long list.
So how can you make sure you get everything turned in on time?
I recommend tricking your brain. Seriously, it works, especially if you’re known for blowing deadlines for freelance writers.
Pick a way to schedule your assignments. Use Google Calendar, a day planner, a line of sticky notes on the edge of your laptop—whatever.
When you get a new assignment, ignore the due date you’re given. When you put it on your calendar, mark it as due two days before the actual deadline.
BAM! You’ve got a foolproof system for avoiding blown deadlines.
In that case, you have a built-in excuse.
My point here is that clients, editors, and project managers remember the writers who always turn in their work on time. They rely on those writers and kick the rest to the curb.
It’s all about meeting expectations and fulfilling your job duties. You can’t show up late to your shift behind the counter at Macy’s. Neither can you turn in late freelance writing assignments.
Remember that you’re not alone. Other people count on you.
If you’re a struggling freelance writer, feel free to get in touch. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I enjoy helping other freelance writers find their way.