When it comes to contract jobs, you’re getting booked not only for the skills you offer but because the client likes the way you operate. You’re getting booked because you ask the right amount of questions without being needy, because you are self-sufficient without being presumptuous, and because you are interested without being invasive. Learning these parameters and how to manipulate them is the key to success.
About Paige Leacey
Paige Leacey is a freelance writer and content creator living between Bali and Australia (dreadful, she knows). Paige enjoys musing over culture, food, travel and medicine, and is currently curating a podcast called Permission to Record. She earns most of her beer money through her copy writing brand ‘Squawk’ as well as editing audio freelance. When Paige isn’t hustling, she can usually be found watching Embarrassing Bodies on YouTube, plucking her eyebrows to perfection or making sure the numbers in her bank account fall on even digits. You can check out more of her words and sounds at: paigeleacey.com
Terrible emails are part of the privilege of having an email address. But terrible, annoying and generic emails don’t convert to sales, whether it’s a product or yourself you’re selling. Nine times out of ten, a poorly written email ends up having wasted equal amounts of time for the sender as for the recipient. That’s hardly getting anyone paid.
Saying ‘yes’ is empowering, but saying ‘no’ should be too. It’s a tool for setting boundaries and warding off feelings of frustration, resentment and obligation. It’s a safeguard to keep us from over committing, under delivering and rushing toilet breaks. No one wants to do that.
When someone asks our story, we look up, away and to the side, mumble or reduce our achievements and dreams, horrified that if we communicate them too clearly we might jinx them – or worse, open them up to criticism. The same goes for writing our story down. So we avoid doing it, or doing it sincerely, because then if it sucks it’s easier to say we didn’t try.
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