How to Spot a Good Client
Signs that your client is going to be a joy to work with
Working on your perception
When you are a freelancer, it’s important that you develop a good know-how about people, most particularly their motives when it comes to working with you. Just knowing how to spot a good client goes a long way. Here are just some pointers in the right direction.
1. Look for clear communication
When any interaction or negotiation is happening between a client and an employee over online, it is important that there is a certain level of clarity from the very beginning. Setting both standards and boundaries is key. Be wary of any client who expects you to lower your rates immediately after an interaction.
This sets a precedent for more breach of boundaries later on, as the negotiation proceeds. Good clients don’t expect you to know everything about a project before you have even begun; in fact, they give you time to get a feel of their needs as the project moves forward, without being pushy. In fact, they give you space to breathe, which is very important, especially when it comes to creative work.
2. Feedback is realistic
Ultimately, when you are getting paid for your work, you should be prepared for both positive and negative feedback.
However, if you are confident about your skills and giving your best, then that shouldn’t be a problem. Most probably, you are already aware of your own skills as a professional and would get the cue if someone is being unreasonably critical of your work. In general, a good client’s motive would be to get their work done well–nothing more, nothing less.
3. Asking for unpaid trial work is a big red flag
Beware of clients who ask you for unpaid trial work! Chances are, if you are subscribed to a platform like Revolancer, your work already adheres to high parameters of professional standards and has been given the stamp of approval by our rigorous quality-approval process.
The clients are aware of this when they sign up to our platform, and know that it’s an absolute breach of rights if they ask you for free work repeatedly. Do not entertain such clients!
4. Women, listen!
There is absolutely no place for a client to engage in any form of abuse or discrimination with regard to your gender identity. Any condescending behaviour or comments that are deemed offensive are huge red flags.
Do not proceed with such clients and absolutely stop engaging when they have breached a boundary. You are there to work and they are there to offer you work. It is not different to an employer-employee relationship and comes with its own set of rules and regulations. Don’t tolerate any BS.
5. Let’s work together
Yes, we do agree that it is ultimately your responsibility to get the work done. But, there is no law prohibiting your employer/client to help you out in case of a doubt. They should be understanding enough to provide you with the research and tools you need as a freelancer.
If you are unaware of something they know about, it is only natural that they fill you in on that. Collaborations produce the best results! If you are interested in learning more about work that involves collaborations, check out our article, 5 Top Project Management Tools for Freelancers.
6. I don’t have time for that
And last but not the least, good clients respect your time.
They don’t call you randomly in the middle of the night when you are in your pajamas chilling out with a friend. Well, don’t freak out if it is urgent and happens once in a blue moon. Worry only when it happens regularly.
Last but not least
It’s best to be flexible with your expectations, especially when you are freelancing and know for a fact that you would be dealing with different kinds of people. Having said that, do keep an eye out for not-so-good clients who are there to exploit you. Touching base with a client regularly is always a good idea when you are unsure about either the terms of your contract or the work you need to do.
Before you go
If you feel that this listicle has been helpful for you, you might also want to check out Impressing your Clients in order to know what your clients want as well! To find more good clients be sure you join Revolancer and sign up to Plus today!
Freelance marketplace: Revolancer