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How much Time to Spend with each Freelance Writing Client

The more clients that you gain the more work you are going to be presented with. And this holds true with much more than writing related tasks. More clients also means that you will also need to spend more time on customer service. While there is nothing wrong with this, you need to make sure that you are ready for what you will be facing in the future.

One of the most important questions to answer is: how much time should you spend with each freelance writing client? Many freelance writers believe that every client should be treated the same, but I am not one of them.

Here are three ways to decide which clients should receive the most attention:

1. Which clients give you the most work? It goes without saying that a client that offers daily work should get more of your attention than one that only sends a few articles your way every so often. This does not mean that you should ignore others, but you definitely want to spend the most time with regular clients that make up a large portion of your income.

2. Deadlines often times determine how much time you spend with a client. For instance, some editors that I work with are always in touch, sometimes more than once per day, as a deadline closes in. The reason for this? If they do not receive the completed feature from me they are going to be in deep trouble. For this reason, they like to stay in touch, and in turn, I spend time with them to ensure that everybody is on the right track.

3. Simply put, some clients demand more attention than others. There are many reasons for this. Some of them need help because they do not know what they want. Others know what they want but are always adding additional work. You will find out soon enough that some clients will let you do your job, and others like to stay in touch and more or less micromanage.

With the three details above, it will be easier for you to decide which clients need and deserve the most time. 

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