Published On: Thu, Nov 8th, 2018

Communications Skills for the Self-Employed

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Self-employed professionals are the sole representatives of their business. Everything they do has an impact on their public reputation. Because of this, well-developed communications skills are essential for every self-employed professional.

Communications Skills for the Self-Employed

Write Effective Emails

More than just a preference for the self-employed professional, writing effective emails can make an important difference in the perception of the business and of the person behind it. An email filled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors can make one appear careless or unprofessional. Take care with every letter, note or email – no matter how short – to ensure the spelling is accurate and the grammar is sound. It can make the difference between impressing a client and losing a client.

Use Proper Tone in Writing

Using proper tone in business writing is crucial. The tone of an email or letter is another important facet to professional communication. Each self-employed professional’s client has their own unique style and relationship and it is up to the professional to gauge the proper tone for each communication. The key is to remain professional at all times and avoid things such as gossip, overly personal information or tangents. When unsure of the proper tone to use, erring on the more formal side is a safer bet than being too casual.

Reply to Phone and Email Messages Promptly

Replying to voicemails and emails in a reasonable timeframe shows clients and suppliers that their messages are important and valued. Even if there is insufficient time at the moment to fully respond, sending a quick email or making a phone call to let the client or supplier know that their message was received will go a long way in improving business communications for the self-employed professional.

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at

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