Struggling with your resolution to get better editing assignments? Here are three approaches that will net you assignments with better pay, interest, joy, or career advancement. One way to improve the average is to cull your client list. Another way is to resolve to say no to assignments that don’t hit at least two high notes.
What if your roster still isn’t great after taking those steps? What can you do to improve the remainder of your list? Raising your rates addresses one aspect. But even if you work in-house, there are steps you can take to help the people giving you work improve the work they give. Think about the pain points. What about these assignments is causing pain? How can you help clients reduce the pain they cause?
Teach Them to Do Better
Teaching better ways to the people who give you work is one step toward improving the work you get. Tell them that you can make their experience happier, more effective, and more profitable. To help them learn better ways, you can
- provide planning templates
- give a checklist for manuscript preparation
- teach them to use track changes
- analyze how they communicate best to reduce miscommunications
- encourage triage to manage expectations for time and quality
- provide a checklist of best practices
- help them see your workload & where their request fits in
Why This Works
The goal is that with training and resources, these dud assignment givers (clients or managers) can learn best practices and become better to work with. At the least, they may learn that you know what works, what will reduce their pain points, and get better products from you while making everyone happier.
How to Teach Them
You might provide this information as
- printed resources in hard copy or online
- in-person training
- one-on-one coaching
- added services such as project planning or management
Getting people to listen involves convincing them that the knowledge will help them save money and time, and get better results while making the whole experience more pleasant for them. The goal is, everybody wins.
How could you help raise up the quality of the assignments you get? The links in the this article contain some great scripts and steps you can take for each goal. Log in to leave a comment, or join the discussion over on Facebook or Twitter.