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Let your Client Guide the Ship

With some projects it is easier to hand the reigns over to your client. Relinquishing power may not be something that you are comfortable with, but in the long run you will realize that this is the right thing to do. Let me explain.

There are clients that will expect you to guide the ship and call all the shots. But at the same time, there are those that want to be in control of every facet of a project. Although you may like being in charge, you have to do what is best for the client. After all, they are paying you. If you think that letting your client guide the ship is a bad thing you are wrong. Sure, this brings an entirely different set of dynamics to the forefront but in the long run it is not something that you should run from.

If you are good at taking direction there is no reason why you should be worried about letting your client take over. In fact, I believe that this is the best way of doing things in many cases. There is nothing wrong with having a client tell you what to do every step of the way. This can often times mean more edits, but in the long run the end result is the same: a completed project that the client is happy with.

Believe it or not, there are times when I ask clients for more help. Instead of acting like I know everything and that I have no questions, asking for assistance makes the process easier on both parties. A client that is willing to show you the way, no matter what type of help you need, is one that you definitely want to work with.

Just because a particular client likes to be in charge and hold all the power does not mean that you are going to be seen as less of an authority. As a freelance writer you need to be ready to deal with every type of client. Trust me; there are many of them out there that will want to guide each and every project from start to finish.

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