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Treat all Clients with Respect

If you are like most freelance writers there are some clients you enjoy and others that make your life miserable – this is just the way it goes. While you may get the urge to talk down on or get mad at a “bad” client you need to keep this in mind: treating every client with respect is very important. Even if you are not receiving the same treatment you should keep a smile on your face and do whatever you can to take the high road.

I have been lucky enough to avoid bad clients, for the most part. Sure, somebody comes up from time to time that makes things difficult for one reason or the next, but these situations have been few and far between over the past couple of years.

If a client is annoying you for any reason the first thing you should do is look at their side. Are they all over you because of something you did? You may find that the client is acting a particular way because of something you did or did not do.

Don’t get me wrong. There are some freelance writing clients that are going to treat you poorly no matter. Dealing with these types of people is never easy. The first thing you should do is try to fix the relationship. Don’t stoop down to the client’s level. Instead, stay professional in hopes that this will rub off on them. At some point you may have to decide if continuing your relationship is the right thing to do. If the client refuses to change and you are becoming fed up, it is better to cut all ties than to get into an argument. Only you know if this is necessary.

No matter what, always treat clients with respect. Even if you plan on cutting a client loose, be respectful up to the very last minute. You don’t get anywhere by burning bridges. 

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