Recently I parted ways with a long time client. It was an agonizing decision: my contact person had always been wonderful to work with. The projects I worked on were always right up my alley. So why did I ditch this seemingly perfect client? Their payment came from a third party, and typically took up to a year to arrive. And if I didn’t put pressure on them, I’d probably never get paid at all.
I had prepped myself for this for months. I told myself that before taking another project, I’ll explain the problem and suggest better payment terms. If no improvement could be made, I’ll pass on the job. However, I accepted ‘just one more’ assignment a few too many times before I finally bit the bullet.
In my early days of freelance writing, I thought long and hard about rejection. My articles were getting rejected, and I was mad. I knew if my articles get rejected, I won’t make money. On the other hand, when they are accepted, I make money. Freelance writing is really that simple.
So I began my quest to reduce rejection and increase acceptance. I wrote and read and tweaked until my articles slowly started getting accepted.
It was hard at first, but as I got accepted more and more, I figured out what I was doing right. Once I figured out the path to getting articles accepted, almost all of them were accepted. And of course, when they are accepted, I make money. The tips below are the things I have learned from repeated attempts at freelance writing. Follow them, and I guarantee your articles will get accepted more and rejected less.
There are just some clients who you no longer want to work with. It could be that the client in question is difficult to work with or it could be more a matter that you’ve moved on from the type of work you’ve been doing for that client. Whether you’ve only done a little work for the client or you’ve been together a long time, it’s never easy to fire a client. Not only do you have to get past the freelancer’s natural reluctance to give up money, but you’ve got to make the break in such a way that the client will still speak positively about you to other prospective clients. Continue Reading