Good communication skills is one thing you simply must have to succeed as a freelancer. If this is the first time you hear about this, read these 5 tips for effective communication with freelance clients. As a consultant who works entirely online, majority of your communication probably happens through email. Hence, today’s post – how to write an email to a freelance client.
A reader once asked me how long she should wait for a freelance client to give her work again before ending their oDesk contract. As you probably would guess, there isn’t a right answer. It depends on the freelance client, on the type of project and what’s your agreement with that particular client.
1. If the oDesk contract is on an “as needed” basis.
If you read the blog regularly, you already know that freelance for me is not just a job or a career path; it’s a way of life. I have principles which I stand by as well as requirements for both clients and freelance projects I take on. Being in control of my time is crucially important for me.
So you can imagine how I felt when a reader sent me a note not long ago stating it’s not true being a freelancer brings you freedom. I paused – did she really call me a liar? 😀
Sooner or later every freelancer faces the problem of having too much on their plate and not being able to take on new work. And sadly, majority of freelancers cannot say NO to prospects, terrified they will lose them as clients forever. As a result, we see plenty of burnout freelancers who lack work-life balance. Today, I’ll help you learn how to say NO to clients and still keep them 😉
We have all had clients (or prospects) who don’t know what they want, what the purpose of their project is or why they need a freelancer at all. But they have requirements, and a lot of them! Those requirements may be vague or very specific… although out of context. The question is – how do we work with such a freelance client?