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Reasons a Client may stop working with you

Over the years I have parted with freelance writing clients time after time. Sometimes I was the one who broke off the relationship. Other times it was the client that decided to move on. Many writers feel that they did something wrong if a client stops sending them work. While this can be the case, it does not always hold true.

Here are three common reasons why a freelance writing client may stop working with you:

1. One and done project. Not every client is going to need your services time and time again. Instead, they have one project available and need you to complete that for them. From there, they have no clue if they will ever need to hire you again. The best thing you can do is stay in touch with clients like this so they think of you for future needs.

2. You did something “wrong.” It may not always be the case, but if you do something wrong there is a good chance that the client will stop working with you. This can be anything from not following their guidelines to missing a deadline. Do your best to avoid any and all mistakes. If something comes up that you do not understand, ask for guidance. Communication can solve a lot of problems and keep a lot of clients in your pocket.

3. Cut costs. There are always going to be clients that have a nice sized freelance writing budget to start, but cut back on this at some point in the future. This has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with the fact that the client can no longer afford you. It is up to you to decide if cutting your rates to work with a particular client would be in your best interest.

I have had clients stop working with me for many reasons, including the three detailed above. This is part of being a freelance writer!

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