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Top 7 Things To Do Before You Hire A Copywriter

By Michele Pariza Wacek

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Now that you’ve decided to hire a copywriter, how do you go about finding one? Here are seven things to look for to make sure the match is a good one.

  1. Define your expectations. Are you looking for a
    copywriter or a technical writer? Do you need a writer that
    can take a project and run with it or do you need someone
    who will follow strict guidelines? Do you want a writer with
    the ability to make technical material readable for the
    general public or do you need a writer who specializes in
    retail? Are you looking for a writer you can build a long-term
    relationship with or will this be a one-time, one-shot deal?
    Before you start looking, make sure you know exactly what
    kind of writer you need. Not only will it make the review
    process go that much faster, but also it help ensure you find
    exactly what you want.

  2. Check the writer’s marketing materials. Are they done
    professionally? Do they inspire confidence that the writer
    can complete the project to your expectations? Do you like
    the way they’re written? A writer’s promotional materials is a
    reflection of the writer – make sure you like what you’re
    seeing.

  3. Read samples of the writer’s work. Yes, I do mean
    actually sit down and reading them. You don’t have to read
    every word, but make sure you read enough to determine if
    you’re going to like the writer’s style or not.

  4. Check references. Take a look at any testimonials the
    writer has provided, or if you still have doubts, take the time
    to call and talk to any references. Don’t forget to ask about
    the relationship the reference had with the writer.

  5. Interview the writer. It’s not necessary to do this in
    person, though. I’ve been hired plenty of times on the basis
    of a phone interview only and it’s worked out perfectly. But
    whether in person or on the phone, do take the time to do
    this. Not only can you find out about the writer’s policies and
    work ethics, but you can also learn about more intangible
    things, such as a writer’s confidence and if you and the
    writer “click.”

  6. Read the fine print. Whether it’s a proposal or a
    contract, get it in writing and make sure you know what it
    does (and doesn’t) include. Don’t forget to read any terms
    and conditions (such as a deposit) and make sure you’re
    comfortable with them before you start the project.

  7. Trust your gut. When all is said and done, make sure
    you feel good about your decision. Listen to that little voice
    inside you telling you if this is the right person for the job or if
    you need to keep looking.

Michele Pariza Wacek owns Creative Concepts and
Copywriting, a writing, marketing and creativity agency. She
offers two free e-newsletters that help subscribers combine
their creativity with hard-hitting marketing and copywriting
principles to become more successful at attracting new
clients, selling products and services and boosting
business. She can be reached at http://www.writingusa.com

Now that you’ve decided to hire a copywriter, how do you go about finding one? Here are seven things to look for to make sure the match is a good one.

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Article Submitted On: March 13, 2006