THE #1 THING THAT COPYWRITERS HATE

What’s the most irritating thing a client can do?

Promise work that doesn’t exist.

This was something I noticed when I first started freelance copywriting.

About 70% of clients would promise future work.

The line was always something like…

“If this goes well I have more work for you.”

“I want to work with someone long term.”

Or something to that effect.

The funny thing is that almost none of this so called work materialized. After a while I stopped replying to people who said things like this. If they mentioned future work I would immediately tune out and slot them into the not serious category. The reason why clients do this is basically to manipulate you. They dangle the prospect of future work in front of desperate writers to get them to jump through hoops (BTW, in psychology this is known as a future adventures projection. You tell people something great is going to happen to get them excited.)

It’s the type of sleazy trick that people like pick up artists use.

If you do this do you think I’m going to want to work with you?

Probably not.

Most clients believe they’re in a buyers-market and can jerk writers around. But the truth is that finding someone who makes deadlines 100% of the time, and can actually write is harder than it seems. So make sure to treat your writers like gold.

If you’re a copywriter avoid people like this.

And if you’re trying to hire copywriters don’t ever do it.

It’s the easiest way to get yourself written off as a time waster.

Bottom line:

Don’t promise future work and avoid making promises you can’t keep.

Cheers,

Alastair Walton