As a freelance writer, what type of red flags to do watch for when working with a new client?
Red flags I've run into on freelancing websites:
* "I don't like this article, send me another, and another". And I've caught them putting my articles up on various sites after submission.
* Rejecting the article almost as soon as it is submitted. This lets them avoid payment. I now promptly post to Hubpages any article rejected on any freelancing platform, so they can't use it without paying me.
* "Send me some new content as samples" - so they can use it and you now can't use it elsewhere.
* They don't have any way to be reached other than an email address.
* Lack of defined goals for the content, so they keep sending it back for revisions - and intentionally get several rewrites that they can publish as free spun content.
* Their reject rate is sky high.
* When you are asked to send a large batch of articles at once instead of being paid as you go.
* Asking you to plagiarize others' work. I don't put "summarize this WSJ or Economist article and explain what it means to X industry" in that category.
Good ones. How about the client is just nuts and can't make up his or mind. You see, I want to catch them before they happen. Yes. I post "rejects" on my Hub Pages as well.
That's why a clear set of objectives before you write is essential, and if they change their mind constantly, drop them.
Yes. I dropped one Monday. She changed the scope of work five times in three days. Crazy. Even called me on the phone, trying to talk me into doing the article.
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