When the Client Ruins Your Work–What Would You Do?

As I wrapped up the web copywriting job, I was pleased with the results. The copy was punchy, yet to the point. It was perfectly geared to the target audience. And it was persuasive and well organized. In short, it was some of the best writing I had ever done. I just knew that the client would get lots of results. Except...the client never used the copy I wrote. Not really, anyway. When I went to see … [Read more...]

11 Reasons to Believe in Your Freelancing Client

I admit it. I've been lucky. The number of good clients that I've worked for far outweighs the number of bad clients that I've worked for. We freelancers love to gripe about bad clients. That's why sites like Clients from Hell are so popular. Even on Freelance Folder, our post on 10 Types of Bad Clients and How to Avoid Them attracted nearly 100 comments. Don't get me wrong. Bad clients are out there. They … [Read more...]

12 Tips for Becoming a Contagious Freelancer

Did you ever notice that some freelancers attract more business than others do? It's true. There are some freelancers who always seem to stay busy, even when others struggle to find enough work. You can recognize them by looking through their testimonials. Or, you may notice that they always seem to have a positive attitude. I call them contagious freelancers, because their desirability seems to be … [Read more...]

5 Project Management Techniques Freelancers Should Use to Work Faster and Smarter

As a freelancer, you likely handle lots of projects. That's probably why 10 Free Project Management Applications is one of the most popular posts here on Freelance Folder. It only makes sense that you could learn from the techniques used by professional project managers. Even if you are the only one doing the work, you can still benefit from some project management techniques and simple project management … [Read more...]

How to Recognize a Good Freelance Client

We freelancers talk a lot about Bad Clients and How to Avoid Them. But we rarely talk about the good clients. In a way, it's perfectly understandable. Almost every freelancer whose been at it for more than a month or two has a horror story about a client who didn't work out. It helps to vent about those bad freelancing experiences. However, identifying the good clients is just as important as staying away … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Summon the Courage to Say “No”

What do you do when a freelancing project just isn't right for you? Do you turn it down, or do you take it anyway? Most freelancers already understand that they should say "no" to some clients. But often we freelancers just keep on saying "yes" when we know that we shouldn't. Here on Freelance Folder, we've explained when to say "no" and even provided some guidelines for saying "no." Why do we do it? … [Read more...]

The Four-Letter Word That Freelancers Truly Hate to Hear

It's not what you think. Admittedly, there are a lot of things that bother freelancers. For example, most freelancers don't like bad clients. Many don't like criticism. And some don't like unreasonable deadlines. But the one thing that most freelancers agree upon is they don't want to work for free. Yes, "free" is that four-letter word that freelancers hate. In this post, I'll discuss the problem of … [Read more...]

Is It Time for Freelancers to Slow Down?

We freelancers seem obsessed with speed. There are many articles out there to instruct us on how to get more done in less time. Not only that, but I'm often contacted by freelancers who are looking for ways to do their work more quickly. The common thinking is that the more a freelancer does, the more they will earn. And it's not just freelancing. Our entire culture seems to be in a rush. But is it … [Read more...]

Freelancing Problems–What Can Go Wrong?

What can go wrong with freelancing? The answer is that quite a lot can go wrong. Recently, a family member confessed to me that he was freelancing on a part-time basis in addition to his regular job. However, it was now over a month since he completed the work and he had not yet received payment. What's worse is that the client was talking about paying him half of what they originally agreed upon. To cap … [Read more...]

7+ Classic Secrets to Persuasive Freelancing

What if you could get others to agree to your point of view more often? Wouldn't your freelancing business be better off? Just imagine it. You'd be able get clients more easily. Your freelancing negotiations would go more smoothly. And in the long run, you'd have fewer complaints from clients after your projects were done. Fortunately, there are some time-honored principles that you can use to become a … [Read more...]