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Posted 22nd December 2009 at 07:16 AM by dbarnum

For those people shopping and / or buying content from a person (a writer / ghostwriter or other person or company seeking to sell their writing), here are a few tips to help save time, money and headaches up front. Before you buy, look for:

1) About Us - find some type info about the writer: a real name, resume or background summary, samples. Most people writing for money should have at least one web page or minisite up somewhere. If nothing is given, Google their name or pen name, etc. or ask the seller for info.

2) Contact Us - find other info aside from a forum ID with some type address and details for reaching out: physical company or other address, phone, Twitter / Facebook / Skype, etc.

3) Testimonials / feedback - Lots of people who earn money writing have profiles at Elance and other freelance bid sites. These profiles often have testimonials on them. Plus the seller’s own website should have some. Ask and see what’s available.

4) No Info – Realize that many people who try to earn money from writing will have any of the above. They will have no experience to share, no credentials / background in the industry, no resume, no history of even writing anything or spending time at the place where they are selling. So as a shopper and buyer, if you focus on ‘hiring’ questions and go very small at first to test writing skills and project handling, this can go a long way.

Even if the people offering their service do not want to share any or all the info above on a public forum, ask via an email or PM or some means before ordering. A little bit of research – even one email or PM with these questions, could save you a lot: of time, money, aggravation, etc. Plus ‘asking’ tests their customer service – or lack of.

In a nutshell, look for two things:

A) Small Writing Test Sample for Your First Order – is it up to par for what you need?
B) Service – is your order handled to your satisfaction?

Then judge accordingly for future orders. If all is OK, move ahead gradually over time with the seller, as the seller learns to handle business growth (unless you can already tell and have evidence that this seller can handle large projects over time.)

If all is not fine, move ahead elsewhere. And keep in mind, regardless of the outcome, you gave someone a chance, and that’s what it’s all about, so kudos to you, Warrior!

Thanks for visiting,

Warrior (& team) For Hire!

Thanks for reading!

- Moving Ahead with The Ohio Help Group
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    wrcato2's Avatar
    Fantastic post!
    Your right on all counts. I am a writer and I have toyed with the idea of selling writing as a ghost writer. Great tips. Keep it up
    Posted 22nd December 2009 at 08:59 PM by wrcato2 wrcato2 is offline
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    dbarnum's Avatar

    And note to all readers:
    This could actually be for buying software or anything, not just content.
    Posted 5th January 2010 at 06:28 AM by dbarnum dbarnum is offline
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    Aaarrrggghhh's Avatar
    Great Info, thanks for taking the time to post this. I am still getting my feet wet and finding my way around the Warrior Forum...I assume this is on your blog - lol! Thanks!
    Posted 5th January 2010 at 11:14 AM by Aaarrrggghhh Aaarrrggghhh is offline
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