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!
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…
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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