How to Rebuild a Working Relationship With Difficult Clients

Many freelancers, especially at the beginning of their careers, may find themselves working with very difficult clients. When this has happened to me, either I helped change the client's working behavior or stopped working with them altogether. While I always aim for the former approach, sometimes the better option is to end the working relationship. Whenever this happens I hope that if I do work with the client again in the future, they'll be more cooperative -- but that's not guaranteed. When one of your more difficult clients contacts you for a new project, how do you work with them again, without repeating the problems you previously had?…

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5 Ways to Get Your Clients to Follow Your Work Process

"Just do your work and then I'll pay you." I couldn't believe what I was reading. My client told me to "just do (my) work" and yet he didn't want to discuss any of the things that I needed to know to get the work done in the first place.He wanted to do away with the needs analysis stage and just get me to write a 50-page e-book based on a vague one paragraph description. If there's a web app for telepathy I haven't seen it, so he shouldn't expect that I know how to finish a project after the first two emails. To avoid this problem in the future, I'm reevaluating the way I work with clients. How do I include them in my work process? Can I improve on my current methodology?…

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