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How do I handle the 200-250 word count if the client's instructions are complex? Options
Posted: Wednesday, June 8, 2016 6:03:48 PM

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Sometimes a job from the New Clients Job Board will have detailed instructions that sound like they are describing a much longer job. In these cases, you can assume that these are the instructions that the client will be using for a lot of their future work. Given that you will only be submitting 200-250 words, your focus should be on showing the client something that will convince them to add you to their favorite writers. What you submit should be polished — but if it sounds like the client wants complex 1000-word articles, your 200-250 word version will not necessarily hit all the points covered in their instructions (e.g. "2-3 subheaders with bullet points in each and a 50-word meta description at the end!" or whatever they have described.) Writers have provided some helpful feedback about how they handle these, depending on the particular situation:
  • Communicate with the client — remind the client that you only have 200-250 words, comment on how you approached it and what you would do for longer pieces
  • Write an intro and 1 or 2 main paragraphs — so that you show your style and some depth
  • Cover numerous points briefly — to demonstrate that you know the topic well
  • Jump into the heart of the topic or argument a little faster than you might on a longer article
Feel free to chime in with more feedback and tips about how you handle these short jobs, and we'll keep this updated to help other writers. Thanks!
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