The most common question I hear when a customer calls us for the first time is, “How does this work?” A lot of customers have never hired a writer before and don’t know what to expect. The good news is that in a lot of ways it’s like hiring someone for any other service. Let’s go over how a new customer can get started.
a Writing Sample
Step One: Get in Touch
What I have realized over the years is that when a new customer asks “How does hiring a writer work?” they’re really asking “how can I trust you?” There are a lot of writing companies, and some of them have dirtied the pool for us honest academics. Good writing companies aren’t afraid of transparency and discussion, so the first step is to establish communication.
Today there is no reason why a writing company can’t have an email address, phone, and even chat.
Anybody can put up a website, so if you aren’t sure if a company is trustworthy it’s a good idea to communicate with a real person through whatever method is easiest for you. At the very least, they should seem professional and be able to answer most questions.
Step Two: Ask About a Writing Sample
The next step to establishing trust when you hire a writer for the first time is to order a small amount of work. Unless you already trust the company, you want to try them out before ordering a lot of pages. This won’t be a problem for serious companies because it helps them out too: a trial helps get the order started quickly.
At WriterBoss we have a $15 trial that lets you buy a little bit of writing at a discount, so you can test the quality. Most customers like what they see, but when the trial is finished you can ask questions or make suggestions. That way we know exactly what to do when you order the rest of the paper.
Step Three: Send Instructions
After you order a sample, the next step should always be to send documents and instructions. It doesn’t matter if you send them through email or through a website, but always, always send them. The same goes for anything you tell someone on the phone. By making sure there is an email record, you and your writer will always have something to refer to. The company should know what to ask for, but when in doubt don’t take chances.
Step Four: Planning the Work
After you have received the trial you can look it over, and either ask questions or order the rest of the paper. By now the service you are working with should be able to quote the full paper and tell you when it will be ready. This isn’t always true because some types of writing, like dissertations, always have lots or edits. For most papers though this is the last stage, and you can wait to receive your completed paper.
And here’s some advice…
Here’s a couple other things that can help when you hire a writer for the first time:
Make sure you tell the company your deadline, and to set it a little early if you can. You’ll want time to look everything over before you submit it.
Quickly send any new information or questions before the writing starts. If the instructions change after the writing starts then its extra work for the writer, and that means it could be more expensive for you.
There are the basics, but there are a lot of other questions you might have. Why not ask about them? Send us an email or visit our website to see how we can help!
Delegate work to WriterBoss – A success strategy for nontraditional students
Here are some reasons nontraditional students delegate tasks to WriterBoss:
I would say the majority of our customers are nontraditional students working full-time. Many are trying to advance their career while also attending school. Others are switching careers after being burned out in one position. Both of these things are stressful and they can keep you from focusing on other things, like…
I’m always understanding when a customer says that they have to devote time to their family. It’s tough caring for children, while also advancing your career to support them. I have a lot of respect for anyone that can pull it off.
These are things that aren’t anyone’s fault, but they affect your school work anyway. They can be anything from an injury that makes school difficult to learning English as a second language.
No matter the reason, all our customers have made a choice to delegate some coursework. They tell us what they need, and they get high-quality, professional work. Every nontraditional student who hires a writer through WriterBoss is making a decision to get results in the most efficient way, like a true professional. Like a boss.
Driven people work hard because they know there is a payoff at the end of the road.
When I started WriterBoss, it took ages to find professional writers with the right skills, and a lot of hard work went into developing trust with our customers. As a nontraditional student, you’re making the same kind of sacrifice, and I bet it’s for similar reasons: you know that the results will be worth it.
Let me share something I have learned on my journey: Focus and motivation are extremely delicate, and to maintain them it’s sometimes necessary to delegate work to reliable freelancers. Major life events, illness, and even too much overtime can easily destroy the best laid plans. That’s why so many high-level professionals, like CEOs, rely on a strict schedule and pay serious attention to how their time is organized. If they don’t, they run the risk of throwing the well-oiled machine of life into chaos. This is also why these successful people delegate. Often the most important job of CEOs, managers, and anyone else in a position of responsibility is to decide what other people should be doing. That way they can focus on other important things.
Here’s why that matters for you: responsibility can mean a lot of things. It can mean running a company, but if can also mean balancing a schedule or leading a family. Even if you’re only responsible for yourself, that’s a big deal. After all, who else is going to do it?
Successful people delegate tasks because they know it gives better results. Either it frees up valuable time or accomplishes something they can’t do on their own. I’m convinced that’s why most of our customers keep working with us – we help them achieve things in the most efficient way possible.