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How to Deal with Needy Freelance Writing Clients

Over the years I have worked with hundreds of freelance writing clients. Some were great to do business with; others not so much. No matter who you are, at some point you will strike up a relationship with a needy client. While this may not seem like a big deal early on, soon enough it can begin to bog you down.

Here are three tips for dealing with needy freelance writing clients:

1. Find out what they need, and try to get it to them as soon as possible. A needy client is one who will call or email, day after day, to talk about the same things. If you can give them what they want before they ask for it, you are putting yourself in a better position while also making the client happy. It may take some time to learn exactly what the client wants, but soon enough you should have a very good idea.

2. Explain your situation. If you are spending entirely too much time with a client you may need to explain your situation and why you are going to have to cut back. I don’t suggest doing this often, but there may come a time when you have no choice. You do not want to come across as rude. Instead, tell them that you have a full schedule and that you will only be able to speak with them at certain times. You may be surprised at how much this can better your relationship.

3. Charge them more. The more time you spend with a particular client the more money you should charge. This holds true no matter if you are spending time writing, or on the phone as a “consultant.”

The next time you are dealing with a needy freelance writing client, consider using the three tips above.

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