Freelance Editor’s Advice About Accepting Clients

VanHatten Writing ServicesAs a freelancer, do you have a hard time turning away clients when you are not as busy as you would like to be?  That can be a difficult concept for freelancers or those just developing their business. I know. I used to have that problem.

Here’s a scenario… Business was slow. A client would call, yet something told me not to accept that person as a client. I did it anyway. I should have listened to the voice in my head and not accepted that person.

I thought I was building my business. Time after time, it didn’t turn out well. The reasons are varied. As it turns out, I was just becoming frustrated by accepting the wrong clients.

As a freelance editor, clients hire me to edit their manuscripts. Many of those clients accept my advice, have great discussions with me as we talk through suggestions and rewrites, and actually pay me for my work.  Doesn’t seem like a difficult issue to understand.

Wendy VanHatten WriterBut, I have learned over the past 15 or so years to interview prospective clients a little more carefully and to listen to that voice in my head. I am building my business…not creating frustrations for myself. I take detailed notes when a client first contacts me, I ask questions, I give an idea of my fees, and I pay attention to what I am not hearing.

Again, it seems like a pretty simple concept. But, for many freelancers just starting out it can be intimidating to turn down what seems like an interesting, paying client. It’s something we all have to learn. And, hopefully grow from it.

Now, my clients are a joy to work with. I am happier, my business is growing in the right direction, and I’m moving on.

Article written by Wendy VanHatten with VanHatten Writing Services.


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Posted on January 14, 2013, in Business Journal, Starting Your Business, Target Market and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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