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Freelancers: Say No, Just Say NO!

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RSS 17 September 2017
While many will paint a picture of the freelance lifestyle being idyllic, the reality is often much harsher and that is why many don't stick around for long.

The truth of the matter is a lot of clients out there are looking to take advantage of freelance contractors as much as possible, and if you are not aware of the tricks then you will be the proverbial lamb to the slaughter, so to speak.

Not only that, but when you become aware of what some clients are trying to do you need to stand firm, and that includes saying no, even if sometimes you might want to give the benefit of the doubt.

The vast majority of the time you will be better off just saying NO!

Below are 3 situations where declining is most likely required.

Pay you later

One of the most common situations found in the freelance world is the "work now, pay later," client.

Of course, once you've built up a good relationship with a client then it's usually okay to work on this basis, but with new clients it can be a situation where only a NO will do.

Instead of relying on the word of someone you don't know, you might want to try asking for payment upfront, or, as a middle ground, 50% upfront and 50% on completion.

The most secure way not to get ripped off is to join a freelance jobs website who act as a third party in the transaction and keep your money secure until the project is completed.

Free revisions

While doing revisions is part and parcel of the freelance lifestyle, there comes a time when it gets completely ridiculous, and any request should be met with a NO.

To give you example, if you are a graphic designer freelancer and send off a logo to a client, only to be met with a response that asks for a change of picture and tag line (which they provided initially).

In this situation they are obviously trying it on and seeing if they can get a second logo for free. Don't fall for the trick. Respond in the negative and tell them it will cost extra if they want wholesale changes.

Can you just do...

One principal that every freelancer should abide by is that once a quote is given for a particular project...any extra work the client comes up with is to be subject to a re-quote.

Unfortunately, it's all too common for a client to suddenly remember all these extra things that need doing, once the quote has been given of course.

I'm sure there are many freelance writers out there who get hired to write an article, and after giving a quote get met with the words, "that's a great price, I accept...oh, and can you upload it Wordpress as well. Thanks."

In this kind of situation you simply have to say NO, and explain to the client you can update your quote to reflect the extra work.

Don't be the kind of freelancer who let's this kind of thing happen, because if you do, then I can guarantee you will soon get fed up.

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