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Clients can be Friends too

Many people are under the impression that they should only discuss business with their freelance writing clients. This is true to a certain extent, but you should also remember that your clients can be friendly on a personal level as well. Even though I am not good friends with any of my freelance writing clients, I do speak with some of them on the phone from time to time and thoroughly enjoy doing so. Sure, we speak a lot about work but at the same time other things come up such as sports, travel, etc.

You cannot become friends with a client overnight. This is something that comes after many months or years of working together. After all, you have to learn a lot about somebody, and speak to them often, before you can really get to know them. I have found that it is much easier to spark up a “personal” relationship with a client by speaking to them on the phone. Email communication is fine, but this is far from personal.

Of course, you need to be careful that you do not cross any lines. You can be friends with clients, but you don’t want this to put a damper on your business relationship. If this is a problem that you have had in the past, you may want to distance yourself in the future to ensure that it does not happen again.

Over time you may begin to develop a personal relationship with business clients. There is nothing wrong with this in most cases. In fact, it is a great way to make new friends while also giving yourself the chance to break up the loneliness of being a freelance writer. 

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