It's time you learned what USP and value proposition mean in terms of your freelance career. Examples included!
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Hello, <<First Name>>,

Do you know what your value proposition or your USP is? Wait, do you know what USP even means?
In the last month or so I saw multiple blogs attempting to tell me how to figure out my value proposition. Some even told me USP and value proposition is the same thing (which it isn’t). But it seems to me most, if not all of them didn’t quite know what “value” means in the realm of freelancing.
I won’t lie to you – I won’t tell you right now what your USP or value proposition is either. This is such a huge topic that it deserves its own category on the blog. I will definitely blog more about it but until then, let me tell you what each of them is.
Your unique selling proposition (USP) is what differentiates you from your competition – that single thing that nobody else offers; or that single thing that nobody else does as good as you do!
And your value proposition is what’s in it for your client; what your client gets out of hiring you (and from your unique selling proposition in particular).
You can have a very strong USP but if your value proposition is weak, then your product or service will be weak, too.
How this translates in the realm of your freelance practice.
You write great blog posts with high quality, deliver them on time, work openly with editors and gladly do edits when requested. And so do 19678 other freelance bloggers. Why hire you?
Because of your USP and more importantly, because of your value proposition.
In the above examples, your USP can be your expertise like no other in writing SEO friendly blog posts on print advertising topics.

Your value proposition on the other hand would be 500 targeted visitors within the first 3 days of publishing your post for a highly competitive keyword because of your SEO expertise and established authority as an author in the print advertising niche.
See the difference now?
Here are a few other examples of possible USPs and value propositions, regardless your profession:
USP Value Proposition
Preliminary 30 min. free call to discuss with your prospect their target audience profile and their value proposition
They don’t start paying you until you have the big picture and confirm you can do the job with the required quality, within said time frame and within budget.
Asking the right questions at the right time
They are sure that you will always work in the right direction because you never assume anything – you work only when you know what is required of you and why
Preliminary research and get acquainted with all existing marketing materials to make sure your materials (content, design, etc.) deliver the same message everything else does They feel confident your materials will be consistent with everything else the company already has in place and actively uses. Branding is everything.

I know these are pretty vague – but that’s because I am “generally speaking”. Add your own profession and skills to put some context and you will narrow them down and make them specific.

The bottom line is: every USP can and should be translated into a value proposition. If you have an excellent USP but the client doesn't care for it, your value proposition will be weak and they will still not hire you…
Remember: Clients don’t hire you for your skills – they hire you for the benefits they will get from your skills.
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