ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Personal Finance»
  • Income & Making Money

Freelance Writing Clients You Should Avoid

Updated on December 18, 2017
smcopywrite profile image

There are times when writing about a subject is sharing an extreme amount of expertise and education. Too much is better than not enough.

Building a client base is important. Though, there are some who simply are not for you.

Discover what type of people are best to work with on writing jobs

There are more than a number of ways a freelance writer earns an income. One of these is working for individual clients. Clients are customers requesting a personalized writing job to be completed and in exchange paying the writer a fee for the service.This is an extremely attractive relationship for freelance writers struggling to make a living. The majority of earnings come in the form of passive income. Personal clients are a way to gain an instant paycheck and are extremely attractive.

Why are clients so important

Passive income from articles is not a guaranteed stream of monies coming in. Additionally, this generally comes in at a slow rate and at times unpredictable to say the least. Working with a client is different in a number of positive ways.

The biggest is the immediate income put into a wallet upon completion of a project. The income is guaranteed beforehand and the possibility of earning more the same way is always there. Although it sounds great, there are some drawbacks. One of the biggest is getting the wrong client.

Writing jobs are a welcome site in this particular profession. Most folks look for the ultimate goal to quit a day job. Having a great client in hand is a positive road to achieving this precise goal. With all of the wonderful ones out there a few bad apples spoil the bunch. Identifying them is good for business. Find out which ones to pass by on the road to success. These are tips or cues which help make the job of spotting a bad one a whole lot easier.

Good clients versus bad ones

Each one is unique

Not all clients are the same. In fact, more than a few writers admit no two are the same. While more than a few are easy going and stress free, others are anxious and overbearing. A handful outline in detail what business needs are to be done and clearly outline the job. Others play guessing games around the assigned task. The kinds of people and personalities out there in the client world varies.

Start out on a good note

Start out business partnerships with the belief things will go well. The majority of these tasks are basic business 101 and actually work out okay from start to finish When it flips the opposite way be prepared.

The decent memories never hold a candle to the bad ones. The negative exchanges are always remembered in detail no matter how painful. Identifying which transactions are heading in the wrong direction as soon as possible is essential to making it work dealing with a negative personal client.

The following is a list of the types of clients that will not be a good time investment. In other words, these are the kinds of customers that are wisely avoided if at all possible.
The money is not worth the time and aggravation.

Different types

Clients requesting plagiarism

Unbelievably certain ones around the web actually request plagiarized content produced as part of the duties they pay for. An article is sent with the expectation of rewriting for a fee. Unfortunately, it turns out the rewriting is not from an original document. It is plagiarized context without the original author’s permission. This is clearly spelled out in the work request is lots of these types of circumstances.

An article an employer owns the rights to and asks for a rewrite does not fall under this sample. For instance, some customers work with a host of writers. There will be staff members writing where English is spoken as a second language. The content these workers produce is generally adequate, but reads a little off key. Clients typically request a rewrite of the content to read better. They have paid the original writer and own it. It is not published elsewhere around the web and everything is on the up and up.

If they own the copyright to the original work and need a rewrite for a better piece of material this works out okay. If this material is not previously published, you are fine. Duplicate work or plagiarism has no room in professional success. Plagiarism doesn't look well on a professional writing resume.

Stay away from any client requesting a rewrite of plagiarized content.

Payments are not set out in stone

Any person making you uncomfortable with the reimbursement terms for the contract is generally not right for you. Ask for a written contract outlining payments before starting the job and any type of refusal or procrastination is a red flag. Steer clear of these jokers. Nobody works for free. Good work comes at a price and believe you're worth it. Don't give it away for nothing. Get everything ironed out before starting.

This is an example of working for free. Imagine an employer requesting a long term writing assignment. This news sounds great. They need 100 articles produced and will pay top dollar for them. However, they want to reimburse for the work only after receiving 50 or half of the bulk, 500 word documents. In addition, the payment method Is other than PayPal. All of these things combined say pass this job up.

Pass this one up if this is a client never previously worked with and an uncomfortable feeling comes with writing and sending out 50 documents of 500 words each with the “assumption” of being paid. Let the next writer have it. There are countless employers/clients in the marketplace waiting to “rip off” hard work without paying a dime for it. Be aware of these unscrupulous people and go in with eyes wide open making agreements for work and pay.

If it doesn’t feel quite right, go with basic instincts and move on to the next job.

Clients fail to give detailed information for the job

Those particular ones who avoid giving concrete details for an assignment cause a lot of rework and heartache. This is time and money wasted needed for other more important things. Writers are always stretched thin for time. The specifics of a job up front is a wonderful way to get the work done as well and as soon as possible. Both sides win.

Examples of these requests include any employers taking days to answer questions or inquiries related to the duties. A few even become angry any questions come from instructions given or correspondence. Those reliable and trustworthy reply as soon as possible to get it done quickly and with efficiency. Why delay? Nothing positive comes from delaying the job.

This type of experience causes a lot of frustration and stress for freelance writers simply looking to do a terrific job, earn money and move on to the next customer. Other jobs are turned away while working on this type of request because of the time constraints that come along with it.

Delays are caused when incorrect or missing info is discovered during the job. It is difficult or impossible to finish the work in these cases. Postponements and lags come along with this client from beginning to end.

Double or triple the time and energy are put into these jobs for the same amount of pay as a regular uncomplicated one. A handful even take holdups further. Sharing an opinion the work was not turned in on time and voiding the contract, even though they delayed the process. Others stain a writer's rep out of vengeance. These are clowns to say no to.

A deadline not reachable or unrealistic goals

If you work with someone with unrealistic deadlines for assignment completions, walk away before the job starts. Working these tasks cost countless writers a good reputation along with other clients. Whether these are future or current clients, they all equal lost income.

Initially discussing a job means generally chatting about when the work will be done. The customer typically has expectations or a goal of a time frame. Based on the work requested ask these questions. All should be answered "yes" or refuse the work.

All of these are connected to the expected timeline. Is there enough time to research adequately? Are you giving quality content or quantity content in the end? Remember, whose name is on this work and any writer wants quality to show more than anything. Reciting this mantra attracts good future clientele, higher paying contracts and weeds out unwanted customers.

Some writers attempt to discuss the situation with the customer hoping they are compassionate enough to understand the dilemma with meeting the goals. More often than not, clients do not. Unrealistic deadlines cost a customer, but are capable of saving a reputation in the writing community.

In order to give one client what they want, deadlines are characteristically missed with other clients. In addition, there is not extra pay for work completed in this short amount of time. The same reimbursement is given for content turned around within time frames which are adequate and realistic. These are stressful tasks as well.

These jobs are not good investments for a writer's time or work efforts.

Confusing the role of a freelance writer

Countless clients confuse the role of a freelance writer with a personal assistant or other employee. Lots of times they believe by hiring a freelance writer they have obtained a personal assistant. At times the confusion is not their fault. It is up to a writer to set the record straight.

Avoiding these types of conversations is not a good work ethic to get into. It is a necessary evil. Being capable of doing the duties is irrelevant. Remember the job is for a professional freelance writer. Stay focused on goals and do not deter from the journey.

It could even be tempting if money is tight. Taking a venture into other niches for many writers is typically planned out to be short, but could possibly turn into something more permanent.

Numerous writers in a quest to make money during a lull in job opportunities take on other roles and lose themselves in them. Be a writer doing freelance work and make a living doing it. Stick with it to be successful.

Tell these customers what duties and tasks comprise the role of a freelance writer. Let them know exactly what they have contracted for. Dodge the clientele looking for other workers besides a freelance writer.

In conclusion

Do not take on a task assuming to fix the client. Even though writers working freelance discover finding jobs a difficult task at times, the customers outlined here are not worth the headache.

Building a client base is important as a freelance writer, but you need a good source of customers. A quality content base works well. Many of these examples are writing opportunities costing income and clients in the long run. Even worse no pay for the work provided and a bad rep that is not warranted is a consequence at times.

Writers finding an upbeat and worthy interaction where both parties benefit look forward to working repeatedly with the same people and excellent clients. Avoiding the bad ones is easier when informed about what to look for.

Where freelance writing income is discovered is important. Though, conveying the real outcome versus the fantasy to customers is sometimes difficult.


Looking for the right client worth your while takes time for some writers

Finding the right ones to work with is a daunting job in lots of circumstances. However, once a great one is discovered it's wonderful if the job turns into more than a single point of contact. In fact, a fortunate professional has business dealings linking them more than once with a good customer. Unfortunately, It is even possible to lose money in the shuffle to discover the ideal one. Identifying the best as soon as possible is a necessity to success. Locate them and keep them close.

This is a wonderful video of an interview with Stephen King on Fifty Shades of Grey, Minecraft and several other blockbusters. Check out what the famous writer

Passive income is where the majority of freelance writers make earnings. Seeing those dollars immediately and knowing how much is coming is more than appealing. This is the attraction of working with customers one on one.

The ultimate goal for a writer is making enough money to quit a day job, though there is a disadvantage to working with certain clients. Steer clear of particular ones no matter how dry work assignments get. In the long run an author is better off for it.

These are business connections where rewrites occur and the time invested does not always seem worth the money. These are only several headaches discovered working with the wrong customers seeking out writing services.

Details on getting great gig as a freelancer. This is advice from an average writer in the biz

© 2011 smcopywrite


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Scott_Grigg profile image

      Scott_Grigg 7 years ago from Midwest USA-Southeast

      Good information, especially for those beginning to freelance. You have to watch out so you get paid...always!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)