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What a Bad Client can teach you

As a freelance writer you are going to run into bad clients from time to time. This happens to me every so often, and you should expect the same at some point. While this is part of the freelance writing industry, it is never fun. That being said, you can learn a lot from a bad client. You might as well take something positive away from this experience.

Here are two things a bad client can teach you:

1. How not to treat people. Is your client in the habit of talking down on you? Does he call at all hours of the day with demands that you have to meet without delay? By sitting back and watching how your client acts you can get a good idea of what you should avoid when dealing with others, no matter who they may be.

2. What to look for in future clients. It goes without saying that you want to avoid bad clients at all costs. Once you work with a few of these you should be able to better avoid them in the future. Do all of your bad clients start out by making demands that are unrealistic? If so, the moment that you recognize this happening you should either put a stop to it or walk away. This way you don’t get too deep, as you did in the past, and find yourself in a worse position.

There is nothing worse than getting involved with a bad client. Unfortunately, this happens even when you are guarding against it. Do yourself a favor and learn from these experiences. This will make you a better freelance writer in the long run.

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