Hang around the water cooler with writers, and you’ll hear a lot of gripes about their freelance clients.
Since we have a “Water Cooler” forum in Freelance Writers Den, I get to do that a lot.
The stories are colorful:
“Get a load of this guy’s laundry list of requests for my content — which he wants done for a pittance!”
“Can you believe how little this website offered me?”
Yes. Yes, I can.
The world is full of business owners looking to see what they can get for nothing. The problem is, many writers suffer from low self-esteem — and are only too happy to oblige.
Writers like to blame their clients for their low pay or dull assignments. They love to skewer clients’ annoying personalities.
What writers don’t seem to love so much is doing the work to get better clients. Because mostly, it’s work you have to do on yourself.
Do you see a pattern?
Now, anyone can get one bum client. If you freelance for very long, it’ll happen. We all make mistakes.
But if you find it’s happening over and over again, then you’ve got a problem. It’s time to look at your attitudes towards your freelance writing career, and make some changes.
What do I mean by changing yourself to get better clients? Here are a few big reasons why writers end up with crummy freelance clients, time and time again.