How to Spot Great Clients
Being a freelancer is amazing - what jobs you take is entirely up to you (I worked at an ad agency long enough to appreciate just how awesome that is) but sometimes even if a job sounds amazing, the client can be problematic. Here are few tips I have learned the hard way:
1. Get a deposit. I got this trick from my friend Danielle (we met over a mutual terrible client that left both of us angry and confused). How much of a deposit doesn’t matter as much as the Client’s reaction and speed at paying it. It’ a gesture of good faith on the Client’s part, and it send the message home that they are paying for your time.
2. Always re-iterate what you percieve your Client’s expecations to be for the project. This is a double-check for you to make sure you remembered everything from the marathon skype session or rambling conference call, and it also serves as a wonderful document to which you both can refer later on. It can be as simple as a follow up email with a few bullet points and some expected delivery dates, but getting in the habit of doing this is really valuable.
3. Give the benefit of the doubt. Once. I mean, no one’s perfect, right?