Posted November 4, 2013 in Managing Clients
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 the website, I noticed that the copy the client actually used was completely different. Sure, they had used a phrase of mine here and there, but the power of the words was completely lost.
If you’re a freelancer whose work has been changed by a client, you’re not alone. Sooner or later, it happens to nearly every freelancer, regardless of their field.
Changed work can leave a freelancer feeling like he or she failed. It can also make it difficult to build up a portfolio you are proud of. After all, you don’t want to add in work that really doesn’t represent your best effort.
In this post, I’ll discuss this common freelancing problem and then open the comments up for your feedback. If you enjoyed in this post, you may also like What to Do When the Client Is Wrong.
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 do exist. But if you do your homework, research your clients carefully and require a contract before you agree to work for them, I think that you are much more likely to end up working with a good client than a bad one.
That’s why I’m devoting this post to reasons why you should believe in your freelancing client. In it I address 11 common concerns freelancers have about clients and give reasons why you can probably believe in your client.
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 catching. Once a client starts to work with them, that client always seems to want more from them. Their popularity just spreads and spreads.
What do these contagious freelancers have that you don’t? More importantly, how can you get what they have?
In this post, I’ll share 12 tips to help you better attract clients. You’re also invited to share your best tips on how to become a contagious freelancer. If you like this post, you may also enjoy Where on Earth Am I Going to Find My First Clients?
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.
The exact steps in a typical project management process vary depending on who is doing the work and on the project requirements, but some project management steps are common to most projects. These are the techniques that freelancers can benefit from the most.
In this post, I identify five professional project management techniques that freelancers can use.
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