Tips on how to manage your requests and communicate with clients to win more work as a Reedsy professional.

Since we started Reedsy a few years ago, we have seen hundreds of our freelance professionals get thousands of projects through our Marketplace. Some used good tactics, some not so much. So we decided to share some insider tips based on the practices of our most successful freelancers on Reedsy 🏆

1. Engage with every author and book

Clients have spent some time researching freelancers they’d like to contact, which means that they want to see you engaged with their project too. Ask yourself, “Is this an exciting project?”; “Have I worked on a similar project before?”; “How can I respond with a personal touch?”. This will help you to relate to the author and elevate yourself to be the client’s number one choice.

2. Keep your quotes clear and concise

The offer not only helps form the details of your contract, but it is also the best way to confirm the client understands what they are (and are not) getting from you. When composing the offer, consider the details that are crucial for the author to understand, but keep it as concise as possible.

3. Make templates your best friend

Templates (or prewritten messages that you edit) will help you efficiently cover the basics while allowing you to engage meaningfully with the important thing: the project itself. Take a look at this template that a professional sends out to every client before working on a quote:

Example of a great client questionnaire

4. Don’t be a Jack or Jill of all trades

Make sure your profile on the marketplace is specialized. It will help funnel more thoughtful requests your way and ensure that you will actually be interested in the projects you receive. You can see some of our top tips on creating a great professional profile here.

5. Think twice before declining

We all know it’s easier to work on something that interests you, so give yourself the opportunity to explore the project before you decline the request. Do not decline unless you’re actually too busy for the next few months or cannot provide any of the services the client needs. Other details can be worked out, whether it is the timeline (you can always ask if the client is flexible) or the amount of work required — so don’t decline just because it seems overwhelming at first.
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