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Becoming a freelance consultant or service provider is easy, but turning a profit can be difficult.
One of the lessons learned through experience: profitability often has a lot more to do with avoiding the wrong clients than it does finding a never-ending stream of new clients.
Fortunately, the wrong clients typically come in several well-defined and easily identifiable shapes and sizes.
Here are the top five clients you should consider avoiding like the plague if you hope to be profitable.
Being a freelancer is not the easiest job in the world and the difficulty in maintaining your sanity when dealing with clients is certainly one of the reasons why.
Fortunately, going crazy doesn't have to be a side effect of life as a freelancer. You can freelance and maintain your sanity. Here are five ways to do it.
Building a successful career as a freelancer is about more than acquiring clients; it's no different than building a successful business.
Contracts, of course, are a necessity for every business. Yet when it comes to contracts, freelancers often make plenty of mistakes, some of which can carry huge costs. Here are eight of those mistakes...
Recently, I wrote about several things clients say that drive freelancers nuts. Some of these things are annoying, but can be addressed.
There are, however, certain types of prospective clients that freelancers should avoid at all costs.
Last week, I wrote about some of the things clients say that frustrate freelancers.
But when it comes to client-freelancer relations, clients aren't the only ones who say the darndest things. Freelancers are guilty of saying plenty of things that rightfully frustrate clients. Here are five of them.
What's the hardest part of being a freelancer? Based on a few discussions I've had recently with freelancer friends who do everything from web development to SEO, the answer is almost always 'dealing with clients' -- especially in the early stages of a potential project.
There's good reason for that. Early discussions around a possible project involve key subjects, namely money and project scope. In many cases, clients, especially those who are new to hiring a freelancer, are in unfamiliar territory. And that means they're apt to say things that they often shouldn't.
It's a tough time to be a 'social media guru'. Despite the rise of social media in general, there's a lot of skepticism when it comes to high-paid consultants who claim to have mastered it. From where I sit, that skepticism only seems to grow by the day.
That skepticism is reflected well in an amusing NSFW animation called 'The Social Media Guru', which has racked up over 100,000 views on YouTube since being posted at the end of September. It portrays a 'social media guru' as a snake oil salesman who claims to be more skilled than he is and who preys on foolish small businesses.
Ars Technica has an interesting post revealing some sordid tales from the world of iPhone development. The tales center on iPhone app developers who claim to have developed apps that they really didn't develop. And they're getting away with it because of an NDA culture that permeates much of the development world.
NDAs, or non-disclosure agreements, of course, are those pesky little agreements that you've probably asked been asked to sign a million times if you work in the world of technology. In some markets, just about everyone asks that an NDA be signed for the smallest of things. Sometimes I half expect to be asked to sign an NDA if I ask where the bathroom is when working on-site with a client.
While many, if not most, of the readers of this blog are providing services to others, even service providers tend to find themselves in the client role on occasion.
I recently provided some tips for avoiding deadbeat clients and I thought it would be appropriate to look at another problem: the client from hell. And how not to become one.