Join Tom Geller for an in-depth discussion in this video Losing and firing clients, part of Freelancing Fundamentals.
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Into each life, a little rain must fall, and every freelancer eventually has to…deal with a bad client.…Sometimes, they're unhappy with you, in which case the burden is on them to end…the relationship, but there are also situations where you decide that things are…wrong and not worth fixing.…These are the clients you fire.…Here are some tips to make both kinds of parting a little easier.…First, let's talk about when you lose a client.…You'll probably have several concerns, high among them, "Will they hurt my…reputation by saying bad things about me?"…"Did I deserve to lose the job?"…And the big one, "Will they still pay me?"…The spectre of your ex-client badmouthing you can really loom large,…particularly if they're important in your field or industry.…
In my experience it doesn't happen as much as people fear.…Professionals try to avoid negative talk because they know it muddies them as…much as their target.…In any case, it's a matter that's pretty much out of your control.…The best you can do is to handle the split calmly and professionally which will…
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- What is freelancing?
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- Getting licenses, permits, and insurance
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- Getting referrals
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