7 Types of Freelancer Problem Clients

An excerpt from http://www.sitepoint.com/freelancer-problem-clients/, by Joshua Kraus

At first it might seem harmless, but as the sun sinks low and the air grows cold, it will turn on you and devour your time, energy and any snacks you might have lying nearby.

What am I describing? A Chupacabra? No. I’m talking about a bad client.

You don’t need a PhD in Criminal Psychology to spot a bad client. The signs are there, you just have to know what to look for. When you see them, run the other way. You’ll end up spending all the money you make from a bad client on Aspirin for the headaches they’ll cause you.

Many people just starting their career will see the signs and ignore them. They’ll rationalize that taking on a bad client is just part of paying your dues, that this client might lead to further clients down the road, that money is money, and they should just be grateful for the opportunity.

This is an unhealthy mindset. Just because someone offers to pay you doesn’t mean they have the right to disrespect you.

Here are seven types of problem clients.

  1. The Penny Pincher

This client cares more about the cost of your services than the results of those services. They’ll find issue with your rates from the get-go, and won’t be satisfied with any price. The Penny Pincher is hunting for the cheapest solution to their problem – a problem which probably hasn’t yet been resolved because they won’t pay someone the amount required to fix it. This client doesn’t value your services, and anyone who doesn’t value your services doesn’t deserve them.

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