NOTE: Many aspects of this article still apply to those who don’t work internationally.
In a previous article, we looked at 5 solid steps on how to become an international freelance copywriter. This was after dispelling the myth that international freelancing isn’t possible — it is possible, very possible coupled with a high demand. However, once you get established and start landing projects, the need to manage your international freelance business efficiently becomes a reality.
Therefore, we are going to look at a few “running a business” specifics. The basics we will cover are: Clients and projects, getting paid, and fine-tuning your business operation.
Clients and Projects
Once you start to land work from clients, beginning and managing certain elements of the project come into play. Your “international copywriter” status, for the most part, doesn’t change the types of projects you will be asked to handle. Some examples: Case studies, white papers, website copy, articles, and more. You may be asked to write an email blast or a drip campaign. One time, I was even asked to write a telephone script.
In working on these kinds of projects, two very important basic steps come into play. Those being, making client calls/interviews, and recording those calls.
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