Posted January 30, 2013 in Managing Clients
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 everything off, the work was done for a friend (as a subcontractor) and my family member is reluctant to press the issue because of the friendship.
Of course, I was really sad that my relative had so many problems with his freelancing. But the more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that many of his problems could have been avoided if he had taken some precautionary measures.
In this post, I’ll take a look at each (very common) problem he experienced and discuss some things that he could have done differently. Since I know that a lot of freelancers make these very same mistakes, you may be able to avoid the very freelancing problems my family member now faces.
Posted January 25, 2013 in Managing Clients
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 more persuasive freelancer. In this post, I’ll share over seven “secrets” to help you persuade others.
Posted January 14, 2013 in Managing Clients
When I began freelancing, one of the things I was most afraid of was failing victim to a work-from-home scam. As a result, I was super cautious. I checked and double-checked every potential client carefully. If something didn’t seem right, I didn’t pursue it.
I don’t think that was a mistake.
Even though freelancing is much more commonplace that it was ten years ago, the scammers are still out there. Freelancers still need to be careful.
In this post, I’ll share some clues that what seems to be a legitimate freelancing gig may actually be a scam. I’ll also share some tips and resources to help you avoid scams in the future.
Posted November 16, 2012 in Managing Clients
A client who doesn’t treat you like a professional can lead to a number of problems:
- Mistakes on the part of the client
- Communication problems
- Lower payment
If you’re working with a client who doesn’t treat you like a professional, don’t despair. In this post, we’ll examine the reasons why some clients don’t take freelancers seriously. We’ll also discuss what you can do to win a client’s respect.
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