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How to Rid of a Freelance Writing Client

Believe it or not there will probably come a time when you want to get rid of one of your clients. In other words, you don’t want to work for them any longer. This may sound silly because more clients are usually seen as better, but this can happen from time to time. The question is: why are you getting rid of a client? To go along with this, you should also answer: how are you going to get rid of a freelance writing client?

First things first, you need to ask yourself why you don’t want to work with a specific client any longer. When it comes down to it there are many answers to this question. For instance, I have stopped working for clients because they wanted to lower my pay rate and others because they never paid on time. To go along with this, some clients can be abusive and not worth dealing with. If you are going to get rid of a client you should have a good reason for doing so. After all, you don’t want to kick a reliable buyer to the curb.

Once you have a reason for getting rid of a client you then need to know how to do so. Here are a few steps to follow:

1. Contact the client and tell them where you stand. If you are ending the relationship because they never pay you on time you need to tell them this. Of course, you don’t want to be mean or come across as bitter. Instead, explain your situation and let them know that it is nothing personal but that you need to be paid on time in order to make things work on your end. Who knows, this may open your clients eyes and bring forth a change of heart.

2. If the client wants you to stay around you need to think about their offer. There is nothing wrong with this but you need to make sure the issue at hand is going to be addressed right away. For instance, if a client is not paying enough but wants you to stick around you need to tell them how much you want to get paid and let them know that this is not negotiable.

3. Don’t leave on bad terms. There is a good chance that the client will understand your position and tell you to go on your way. You should let them know that you enjoyed working with them (if true) and tell them that you are always available in the future if anything changes.

If you need to get rid of a freelance writing client for any reason, no matter what it may be, follow the steps/tips above.

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