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An online devotional for writers
I have received your message, and I will supply all the cedar and cypress timber you need … You can pay me by supplying me with food for my household. (1 Kings 5:8-9, NLT)
Hiram had an anchor client – a customer who provided steady, predictable work.
His anchor client was Solomon, who hired Hiram to provide cedar and cypress to build a temple. Solomon paid Hiram for the timber with wheat and olive oil. The steady work allowed Hiram to feed his people.
This business relationship between Hiram and Solomon continued for 20 years (1 Kings 9:10), until Solomon’s building project was completed.
What’s interesting is how Hiram acquired his anchor client.
His connection to Solomon began years earlier. Hiram had cultivated a good relationship with Solomon’s father, David. When David built a palace, Hiram provided materials and workers for the project. He developed a reputation for quality work in Israel.
When David passed away, Hiram reached out to Solomon and offered his congratulations on ascending to the throne. Turns out, the timing was ideal. Solomon was ready to proceed with his temple project. He knew Hiram was reliable and did quality work.
How can a freelance writer acquire an anchor client? By consistently producing quality work. And by reaching out to clients and prospects to offer your services.
Do that and you may just get 20 years of steady work and paychecks.
Acquire steady client work by consistent, quality work and outreach.
I want to build a reputation for consistency and quality. Let me produce my best work every day. And allow me to be a dependable provider for my clients and readers.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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