Freelance Publicists: This Does NOT Mean We Work For Free

 

Public relations, as most of you know,involves lots of hard work. It takes a lot of time and energy to do what we do on a regular basis.
Between pitching to the press, writing releases, managing Facebook and Twitter pages,networking- it can be absolutely exhausting!
There are those that work for agencies and corporations. For them, getting paid is not a hassle. As long as they do the work, they will get a check.

Then there are those of us who have yet to start our own firms, but instead we work as freelance publicists. Unfortunatelty, some people hear the word FREE and assume we are referring to services. This is not the case at all. Now, I will admit that I understand the hesitation of potential clients. Perhaps they have had a bad experience with a publicist who showed up late, was unprofessional and did not deliver.
It is up to you,however, to gain their trust and show them how a true PR professional handles business.

As far as money is concerned, when working as a freelance publicist,DO NOT DO ANY WORK UNTIL YOU HAVE COME TO AN AGREEMENT AND HAVE A CONTRACT WRITTEN AND SIGNED BY THE CLIENT! Also, make sure the contract includes all services that you will perform for your client. He/she must have a clear understanding of your job. Be aware of expectations and KEEP COPIES OF EVERYTHING! Don’t go into the situation with negative thoughts, but be smart. Being a freelance publicist can be very rewarding! Just make sure you know who you are dealing with before you sign him/her as a client.

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