Freelance writing is wonderful. Seriously. What’s not to like about working when and where you please, and only working with people you enjoy?
OK, reality check.
While freelancing IS a wonderful life, until you get used to it, and the variety of clients with whom you work, you WILL get cheated.
Over the years, I’ve worked with many difficult clients. In the overall scheme of things however, these clients were few and far between. Nine times out of ten, the reason I was cheated/ scammed was simply inexperience. I was gullible. Nothing fixes that, until you get the experience so that you can smell the cheaters a mile off.
I won’t go into detail on my sob stories. Suffice to say, I learned from them.
Here’s the biggest thing I learned: life is short. It’s too short to feel bad because you were stupid, and much too short to waste time and energy on people you shouldn’t.
Please watch the video below, there’s some excellent advice in it.
The best advice is the warning about AGREEMENTS. Always have an agreement, and keep it short. My standard writing agreement is around three sentences. It’s short, so that the client actually reads and understands it.
Be WARNED, if you object to bad language. There’s some of that in this video, but we’re adults and we can handle it. 🙂
Please remember the advice about agreements. Keep all your agreements short. As Noah says, don’t download 12 pages of legal claptrap from some site online. No one reads that.
All I do is get the client to either send me an email message with “I agree” as a response to an email I sent with the agreement attached, or I record the phone/ Skype call in which I read out the SHORT agreement to him, and he says “I agree.”
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