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Old 05-13-2014, 05:48 PM
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Hello and hope everyone here is feeling well and doing well.

I'm here right now because I've been thinking of creating my own page to advertise my writing skills and attract clients, but I need some advice. What I know is I need to have some writing samples on my page to prove my skills as a writer. What I don't know is whether to use already published articles or post fresh new unpublished articles. What should I do here? I'd also like to know how the client pays. Does he pay the full price of the article up front, or does he pay a portion up front and the balance after he receives the work? Do I give him my Paypal address so he can deposit the payment into my acccount? What's the cheapest price for a website page, and who offers this price? Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-13-2014, 07:11 PM
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Hi Franchesca,

If you write with a byline, you can link to those articles or display screenshots of your published work. This is a good way to showcase your talent and experience.

Otherwise, you'll most likely want to write some fresh samples for your portfolio - i.e. I don't recommend directing potential clients to pieces you've ghostwritten for other clients.

If you have any regular clients from content mills or wherever, it doesn't hurt to ask them for a testimonial to put up on your site, as long as you don't go against any contract you have with a mill, obviously.

PayPal is a very common and expected way of accepting payments online.

For payment, it's quite common for freelancers to require a 50% deposit up front and the remainder on delivery; however, this can vary quite a bit depending on project scope and your own preferences. It's important to ask for something up front in any case, and to have everything in writing.

You may want to consider positioning yourself as a specialist in a certain niche - like real estate, for example.

When you ask about the cheapest price for a website page, I'm not sure whether you're asking what rates you should charge or the cost of setting up a website, the latter of which can be done for free (although I personally recommend paying a small monthly fee to self-host a WordPress blog).

I hope this clears some things up.

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