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Are you afraid to ask Questions?

Over the past few days a couple members of my freelance writing course have expressed concern over communicating with clients. Mainly, they are having a difficult time asking questions for one reason or the next. This is something that needs addressed at once.

If you are afraid to ask questions of your clients there is something wrong. You should feel free to ask anything that is on your mind. Along with this, you should be confident that you will receive an answer sooner rather than later. Clients that do not want to answer questions are not worth your time. In fact, they are setting you up for failure. Believe it or not, I ask questions time after time. In some cases this is the only way of knowing how to proceed.

Is there something else holding you back? For example, many people do not ask questions because they are afraid of looking dumb. Along with this, they do not want to admit that they need help. You should never worry about either of these situations. Most clients would rather you ask a question than move forward and do the job wrong. Along with this, don’t worry about admitting that you are lost. Every freelance writer needs help from time to time, and you are not going to be any different. It is part of your job to ask for assistance when needed. You should never have too much “pride” to ask questions.

No matter how long you work as a freelance writer you are never going to learn everything about the industry and your clients. Things change, and when dealing with people you never know what will come up next. For this reason, you should ask questions when you have them. Being afraid to do so will hold you back from reaching your goals.

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