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Whenever you hire a new freelance writer, the good ones will begin your relationship by asking how you prefer to communicate (phone, email, IM, meetings, etc.), what kind of updates you want on progress and how often, and who s/he should contact in the case of questions or problems arising. Run like hell from freelancers who don't ask. Just kidding. But make it your responsibility to communicate this information as part of your plan for success. Weekly check-in is our standard for freelancers, though the medium varies (email or phone). Whatever your preferred method, good communication is vital to a successful freelance relationship. Set the expectations for communication and it can improve the quality of work you receive. Good writers want to exceed expectations, so let them know what they are.