Being a freelancer is not always easy. Many people ask, “what is the most difficult part of being a freelancer?” Some people may say keeping track of your money while others say it’s getting paid. I say that finding quality clients can be the most difficult part of the equation.
I can hear you all now. “But, Rob, clients are clients, right?” Actually, no. Not all clients are created equal. You can have a ton of freelance clients but ask yourself how many of them are quality clients. What makes a quality client?
Traits of Quality Clients:
- Respect. The client has to have respect for you as the person they are collaborating with. This means open communication and honesty.
- Another facet of a quality client is one that sets their expectations clearly. If you know what they want from the start, you are more able to deliver.
- Last, but certainly not least, a quality client will pay their invoice on time. That’s right, I am mentioning money in this post. It is not all about the money but if you’re making a living as a freelancer it’s a large part of it. Quality clients will pay you on time and hopefully more than just once because you will do an amazing job for them.
Finding quality clients may seem like a catchphrase in the world of freelance work. I would agree to some extent, but I also believe that it is an integral part of being a smart and successful freelancer. Look for those quality clients all over the place like Twitter, Facebook, and go through your LinkedIn profile. I’m sure if you look hard enough you’ll find at least a handful of quality clients that will be a great fit for you.