Freelance clients who miss their own deadlines

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Dr. Freelance: I saw your video “Freelance Writing Follies: Are You Done Yet?” and appreciate how you poked fun at freelance clients who miss their own deadline and then expect me to make words appear out of thin air. But on a more serious note, what can we as freelancers do to make sure that clients don’t try to take advantage of us? — Dr. No (I’m Not Done Yet)

Dr. No: Making a freelance job go smoothly, deadlines and all, has everything to do with setting clear expectations. Part of that is getting freelance clients to understand that we’re partners in the deal. That burden is on you, good Doctor. Here are some strategies that can help: [Read more…]

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Freelance Forecast 2010 survey results

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Freelance Forecast is Boomvang Creative Group‘s annual survey of creative freelancers—writers, editors, graphic designers, web designers, illustrators, photographers, PR pros and all varieties of solo entrepreneurs—as well as the clients who hire them for freelance jobs. If you did not participate this year, but would like to be notified about the upcoming Freelance Forecast in December, please subscribe to the email list via the sign-up box in the right sidebar.

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What’s the cost of a $25 client?

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Dr. Freelance: I’ve got a relatively new client who, not kidding, results in an average per-project billing of somewhere around $25. I like the client and I need the work, but how can I convey that these little tweaky projects are driving me nuts?—Short Stop

S.S.: I think we’ve all been there at one point or another, and I know what you mean when you’re willing to do something for a $25 client because you like him or her, and even twenty-five bucks can add up over time. At the risk of answering a question with several questions, here are five things to consider with a nickel-and-dime client: [Read more…]

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