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Do you understand what your Client wants?

Over the years I have made many mistakes as a freelance writer. One that you definitely want to avoid is starting a project before you fully understand what your client wants. If you do this, you are making more work for yourself while also wasting a lot of time.

Here are three things you can do to better understand what your client wants:

1. Just ask. If you have any questions, no matter what they are, ask the client for clarification. This way you are both on the same page from the word “go.” You may be surprised at how much easier the project becomes when both parties are chasing the same goals.

2. Get on the phone. In many cases, I have found that communicating solely via email leads to more confusion than there has to be. By getting on the phone and having a five minute conversation you will be able to clear up any potential issues that are standing between you and a successful project.

3. Don’t stop until you get the right answers. While it may be difficult to ask one question after the next, if this is necessary it is something you must do. Even though you may feel awkward, remember this: your client would rather you ask many questions than guess and hope that you are making the right decisions.

Once you fully understand what your client is looking for, you should be ready to start and complete the project without any worries.

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