Are You Doing This One Simple Thing to Help You Land More Clients?

I don’t think this is something I’ve ever talked about before. Or even thought to mention. Because it just seems so god damn obvious. But it isn’t, apparently. Not to everyone out there claiming to be a freelance writer, anyway.

So why am I mentioning it now? Because one of my fabulous students (sup MaryClark!) pointed out in our Facebook group how doing this one ridiculously simple thing helped her land a new project with her best client:

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It’s baffling to me — and to other freelance writers who are spilling over with integrity and professionalism — that there is any other way to handle business.

Responding quickly and professionally to client emails is a surefire way to put you in their good books. They’ll come to see you as somebody who’s reliable, helpful, easy to work with and professional — and for that reason, you’ll be first on their list when they need somebody to take on a new project.

If you’ve ever worked in a shitty menial job before like I have, you’ll be all too familiar with the boss phoning up at the last second to ask if you can cover a shift. And you probably said yes, just like I did. And you know what? Your boss probably called you first. And that’s who you want to be in business, too.

The one that’s called first.

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