“No Thanks!” is a perfectly reasonable response when you’re offered a freelance writing job.
It’s so exciting when after madly marketing ourselves and our writing we receive an offer of a freelance writing gig. It’s tempting to say yes even before we’ve heard the details, let alone considered if the job suits us.
Part of running your freelance writing business profitably and with satisfaction is learning when to accept an offer or say “no thanks.”
Why you might want to say “No Thanks!”
There are many reasons why you might want to turn down a freelance writing job.
It might come with red flags, warning you to stay away. For me things like insisting I work in their office or that I be constantly available by instant messenger are enough to make me turn down a gig. I won’t take on a big project without a substantial advance or down payment either.
Listen to your gut
We’ve all get gut feelings when we’re considering a particular writing job. Usually those intuitions or senses or that still small voice are accurate. If you develop the notion that ‘it’s too good to be true’ or ‘I don’t feel I can trust this person’ or ‘i’m going to get to far over my head on this one,’ or anything like that, that’s a clear signal to say ‘no thanks.’
On the other hand that spidy sense may give a a signal to go right ahead even though you’ve got intellectual doubts. It’s also fine when the signals are right to say ‘yes indeed.’
“I just don’t want to do this!”
Sometimes we run into freelance work that we just don’t want to do. You know, that’s totally okay too. You’re running your own business. If you’re offered work you don’t like or don’t know how to do well, or know how to do but hate, there’s absolutely no reason at all why you can’t say “no thanks!”
You don’t need a reason or to explain yourself. Just say ‘no thanks’ and move on. Or depending on the situation, you might choose to say something like, “you know I hate that, but I love doing this… do you need that or know someone who does?” You may be pleasantly surprised at their response, or not. Either way you’ll win by being true to yourself.
Write well, often, and be good to yourself,