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As a freelance writer, you know how important it is to communicate with prospects and clients on a daily basis. From phone calls to in-person meetings to email, there are many ways to get in touch and stay in touch. What is your preferred method?

For most freelance writers, email is the preferred method of communication. This is quick, simple to use, and easy to organize. Along with this, it is safe to say that 99 percent of people in today’s day and age – especially those in the business world – rely heavily upon email.

Phone calls and in-person meetings are not quite as common for freelance writers, however, you may rely on both types of communication at some point.

What about using an instant messenger? This is something that has taken off in the world of freelancing over the past few years. A growing number of independent contractors are beginning to realize the benefits associated with using an IM application to communicate with others.

Three Benefits of Instant Messengers

  1. Real-time communication without picking up the phone. If you can type, you can use an instant messenger. Unlike email, you are communicating in real-time.
  2. Show when you are available and when you are not. No matter which instant messenger application you decide on, there are ways to show your network when you are available and when you are away from the computer.
  3. Additional features. There is no denying that basic text-based messages are the heart of an instant messaging program. With that in mind, there are other features to take advantage of. Did you know that most programs offer both voice and video chat? With voice chat, you can use your IM just like a telephone. With video chat, you can meet face to face without ever being in the same room. How cool is that?

Final Note

With all these benefits, you may be more excited than ever about the prospects of using an instant messenger. There is just one last thing to remember: your clients and prospects need to be using the same application if you want to communicate with them. For this reason, you may find yourself downloading multiple programs to ensure that you can communicate with everybody.

Many people who are new to the freelance writing industry don’t understand how important it is to keep an open line of communication with prospects and clients. With the help of an instant messenger, this is easier than ever before.

Chris Bibey is a freelance writer and social media marketing professional based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.