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Re: One tip for freelancers

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
11 of 17

Patrick, while some of those freelancers are just desperate and annoying, I think many have fallen victim to trying to follow advice they don't really understand. It's pretty common in the freelancing world to hear suggestions about keeping yourself in the client's mind and such. And, in fact, I can tell you that I have quite often accidentally triggered new work this way (sometimes when I wasn't looking for it and had to turn it down because I was booked solid for the foreseeable future).

 

This has happened when I've wished a long-time, sporadic client happy birthday on Facebook, when I've reached out to request permission to share a ghostwritten piece privately with a prospective client, when I've shared an article I ran across that was relevant to the client's business (and so on). A lot of clients have projects back-burnered because they're busy, and when a freelancer they were happy working with crosses their radar for whatever reason, it triggers a "Hey, you know what you could help me with if you have time..."

 

Of course, that sort of response grows out of building actual relationships with clients over time, but a lot of the time freelancers--especially newer freelancers or lower-end freelancers--only get the headlines and do more harm than good by trying to follow "tips" without understanding them.

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Mark F Member Since: Jul 10, 2018
12 of 17

Tiffany S wrote:

I bet also you have had some turn of ... the only thing I have right now is not something you do, I need someone to do {excactly something you do}...Oh, you do that?

 

It doesn't matter how many times you tell a client what you do people still place you in pigeonholes and it is up to you to fly out of them.

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Tiffany S Member Since: Jan 15, 2016
13 of 17

Mark F wrote:

Tiffany S wrote:

I bet also you have had some turn of ... the only thing I have right now is not something you do, I need someone to do {excactly something you do}...Oh, you do that?

 

It doesn't matter how many times you tell a client what you do people still place you in pigeonholes and it is up to you to fly out of them.


I don't have that issue at this point because my niche has become so narrow that I literally provide exactly four services and provide them only to three types of businesses (which are all in the same general industry).

 

I do have one side thing I do that doesn't fit those categories, but I don't even promote it as part of my freelancing business.

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Jennifer M Member Since: May 17, 2015
14 of 17

Patrick M wrote:

Hi everyone, 

 

I work both as a freelancer and a client.  As a freelancer, I am always busy and I have never, mind you *never* pinged an existing or former client to see if they have more work for me. 

 

However, as a client, I am bombarded with requests from freelancers I have hired for more work. It's not unusual for me to get pinged by some nearly daily "any new tasks for me?" and sometimes I am fending off multiple requests a day. 

 

If you're a freelancer and want to be successful, do not do this. I will always go back to freelancers who've done a good job for me, but as a client, I can't make tasks appear out of thin air. They come up when they come up. 

 

I will often provide an increasingly stern admonition to freelancers who do this but eventually, they get blocked for good. 

 

Just a little Sunday musing from the client side. 


Just reply "Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?"

 

Throw them five bucks if they have a clue what you're referring to.

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Jamie F Member Since: Mar 7, 2010
15 of 17

As a client, I have freelencers that just say 'Hi' sometimes. On one occasion, one just said that they wanted to see how I am. Um, OK then! So very candid!  It is usually those that are out of favour that are leaving such messages. That reminds me, I need to close come contracts.

I do also have some that are often busy with other things let me know that they are available, but that's cool. As is to be expected, it is the better writers that are not dependant on me for work. 

As a freelancer, I do have one client that I nudge from time to time. I have worked for him for about 2 years, though, and I know he appreciates the occasional reminder. Sometimes I leave a 'nudge' by offering suggestions for new articles. Again, though, I know that is appreciated because it is sometimes a lack of ideas that is holding them up. 

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Robin H Member Since: May 28, 2019
16 of 17

I will admit to reaching out to previous clients who provide good, challenging work and in turn, pay on time, appreciate my work and leave positive feedback.  In fact I did it the other day when work was slow.  

 

However, if your clients are reaching out daily or even weekly, perhaps a simple - "don't contact me, I'll reach out to you if there are any projects that are a good fit" would do.  If they continue to pester, I agree to just block them.  

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Jamie F Member Since: Mar 7, 2010
17 of 17

Just to add to this. If you absolutely feel the need to contact clients to ask if work is available --- at least keep it professional.

I have just had a freelancer send me a 1-word message: "hello". Nothing else. He can't even be bothered to make an effort, which leaves me wondering why I should. I can't help but feels as though he is treating me with contempt. 

The thing is, I have had a request come in today and was in the process of allocating work. The freelancer in question will be receiving nothing. It will go instead to somebody else with a more professional attitude. 

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