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Client Revisions: Some never stop

As a freelance writer your main task is to write content. But guess what? Your secondary task is to make the client happy, and this often times means edit after edit. I have some clients that love what I do and never ask for revisions – this is a good thing. On the other hand, there are some that are not as easy to work with. Instead, they ask for revisions no matter what I send them. This is part of being a freelance writer, and it does not bother me in the slightest.

What should I do if a client asks for revisions? This is a question that many people ask on a regular basis. Simply put, you should do what is being asked of you. Yes, it can be a pain in the neck to do more work before you get paid. Just remember that this will make the client happy. Along with this, it should increase your chance of repeat work.

What if a client is being unreasonable? While a difficult situation, you must deal with it nonetheless. You are bound to run into a client or two that appears to attempt to make your life miserable at all costs. Instead of getting mad, get on the same page as the client. Ask them what is wrong and how you can fix it. It is very important to know what the client expects. This way, you don’t leave any wiggle room after the revision.

Do you have a policy on revisions? This is something you may want to think about. I usually work with clients until they get exactly what they want. I know some freelance writers who will only revise the project once for free. After that, they charge a fee. Which option is best for you?

Some clients will ask for revision after revision. Some never ask for any. As a freelance writer you need to be ready for anything that comes your way. 

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