When clients leave projects half finished, or hanging in the wind as I like to call it, it costs you money. Following is what I'm going through with a current client – and how I’m handling it.
As a side note, if you’re a regular reader of this blog you may think, “Wow, she complains about her clients a lot.” Like any other relationship, I have my trying times with clients, but for the most part they are nice, easy and very pleasant to work with.
I recount my difficulties here so that others can learn from them, and so that I can receive feedback from how other freelances have handled this situation. That being said, here’s my story.
Placing the Bid and Landing the Project
This client contacted me about a week and a half ago and asked me to bid on a project. They wanted three pages of SEO-optimized copy for a technical recruiting website. I sent in my bid and it was accepted on a Friday.
I told him that I could have the pages back to him the following Wednesday, if they provided me with requested materials (eg, client questionnaire, previous copy, etc.).
They sent everything in a timely manner (except the keyword list), and I sent the copy a day early, a Tuesday. I knew we would have to go another pass because the client had yet to decide on his main keywords, which I asked for when I sent in the copy on that Tuesday. I thought it would take a day or so for my client to get it to me.
After I sent him the copy, I didn’t hear anything for three days, at which time I emailed him to remind him what I needed and to ask when he thought we could wrap the project up. He emailed me back 24 hours later – and it wasn’t what I expected.
Read the rest here.
What's Coming Up Next Week
Tuesday’s Post: Three times this week I’ve dealt with the fee/rate/cost question. In Tuesday’s post, I’ll detail how I got what I wanted all three times.
Next Wednesday: I haven't decided what I'm going to talk about on BloggingTips.com on Wednesday (this is my cool weekly blogging gig). Something will come to me; it always does.
Next Thursday: A sad tale from a freelancer who got scammed on GetAFreelancer. I’ll give some warning signs to look out for so it doesn’t happen to you.
Yippee -- the weekend’s almost here! Over the weekend, want to learn how to make at least $250/day writing simple 500-word SEO articles? Read how here.
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Yuwanda Black, Publisher
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