The 1 simple question you must ask every new freelance client

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new freelance client questionAfter all these years, I like to believe I’m pretty skilled at avoiding red-flag clients.

Alas, I’m writing today to confess an unforced error, because I recently neglected to ask the 1 simple question you must ask every new freelance client:

What’s your past experience working with freelancers? [Read more…]

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The day you sign a client is the day you start losing them

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Don Draper freelance tipsI wish I’d come up with the phrase “The day you sign a client is the day you start losing them,” but Mad Men fans will recognize it as a quote from fictional ad man Don Draper. Now, I’m not going to recommend guzzling straight whisky or chain-smoking to get you through the workday. But among the many pieces of fantastic writing on the show, this is one that has stuck with me. (If you don’t follow the series, you need to realize he says it as a realist, not a pessimist.) [Read more…]

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