Solopreneur Tip: Sometimes You Should Judge a Book by its Cover

I’ve been fortunate as a freelance writer. The overwhelming majority of the prospects I’ve met and the clients I’ve worked with have been respectful and reasonable people.

But you’ve probably discovered not ALL prospects have those same qualities.

Signing on problem clients can cost you time and money—and they can chip away at your self-confidence and sense of self-worth if you let them. That’s why it’s important to recognize the warning signs. Some prospects display tendencies or act in certain ways that you should consider “red flags.”

Exercise Caution, Solopreneurs and Freelancers!

Freelancing tip: Sometimes you need to judge a book by its cover

If you’re someone who patiently gives everyone the benefit of the doubt, you could do yourself and your business a disservice if you see these signs but move forward with the business relationship. Although a prospect who fits one or two of the descriptions might still be OK, you need to be careful.

Problem Prospects Can Cause BIG Headaches as Problem Clients…

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As a solo biz owner, you need to look out for yourself. Your time, energy, and talent are precious, so don’t squander them on prospects who won’t appreciate your professionalism and the value you bring. We’ve all been told to never judge a book by its cover, but sometimes you have to go with your gut.

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By Dawn Mentzer
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Dawn
Full-time independent content writer and copywriter based in Lancaster County, PA. I am not Amish nor do I drive a horse and buggy, but they pass by my house every day. I'm a fitness enthusiast, lover of live theater, and I believe everyone should adopt a pet from a rescue (unless you're allergic). I specialize in blog content, website copy, newsletter articles, industry editorials, press releases, and social media profile content. Please note that when reading my blog, you interpret and use the content at your own discretion and risk. Tips and guidance that have worked for me, may not produce the same outcome in your situation.

Comments

  1. Tim Allen says:

    In reality, it’s not going with your gut; it is judging the book by its cover. That is, if you see those things in advance before a commitment is made by you or them, you are free to run far and fast! The key is what you see: if they are openly showing the 6 warning signs, you have reason to doubt that they are worth your time, money and emotional energy. It is not unreasonable on your part- it is wisdom to act based on the facts that stare you in the face.

    BTW, I like the contrarian headline!

    • Hi Tim! I hope you’re having a fantastic summer. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Wonderful points as always. Indeed, when you’re aware of the warning signs and recognize them without a doubt in a prospect, you can act with certainty. It’s nice when it’s absolutely obvious and you can make a decision without any second-guessing. Some prospects make it easy that way.

      Then there are times when you have to partially act on instinct, as well. Sometimes the signs aren’t quite as severe, so that’s when your gut has to do its thing. I prefer the “no doubt” scenario though! 🙂

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