Knocking on the Right Door in Freelancing : Choosing the Right Freelance Clients

avoiding scam for freelancersIt is no surprise. We commonly hear stories of freelancers who are sometimes burned while they working for their client. Horrible stories of late payments or even no payment at all! Now, that’s a dilemma.

As a freelancer, you should be aware that delayed payment isn’t unusual and the reality that we are all dealing with people we actually don’t know (not to mention that they are hard to track down since we don’t know where they are based most of the time). Some freelancers who have had a bad experience just could not do anything else but to risk it all and just go with the flow.

If you think about it, it is really hard to know which is which. In theory this might sound very positive and generous, but in the actual practice it can negatively affect us really badly. That is enough reason for some freelancers to throw the towel and just quit. Such misfortune really makes other freelancers worry a lot.

However, before you turn back on the gleaming opportunity of being a freelancer, let me uplift your spirits that these negative cases are actually rare. Because the fact of the matter is: You are the one who will choose your clients. That being said, what can be the problem? Well, just keep in mind some basic tips for you to know if your freelance client is legit. Example, you can read feedbacks about the client.

Previous freelancers or even current freelancers under the said client can really give you an idea what kind of client you’ll be dealing with.

  • Freelancing seems a bit of an all or nothing thing to me, you’re either in, or you’re out, but thanks for the useful post.

  • louisville lisa

    Great article. I used to do a little freelance work, but found that I have too much trouble collecting payment in a timely manner. My friends say it is because I am too nice, but I just hate asking for money! I think great business people can get it done, though. Maybe I will get some more great tips from your older posts about freelancing.
    thanks!
    lisa

  • I’ve done a lot of freelance work throughout my life, and have hire a lot of freelancers. Always make sure you ask for at least half of the money required for the project. If the person isn’t willing to give you at least half up front, the person is probably not very serious about paying, or in the end will make you bend over backwards and beg just to get paid…In the end, if they don’t pay you the other half, at least you didn’t end up with nothing. Also, since they already paid you a portion, it’s easier for them to give you the second half…

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    Really Great article………

  • we have to be careful about Selecting the freelancers, some peoples are say some conditions after finishing the work then they give some problem in the payment also, better we will try to get some percentage of amount from the initial stage.

  • I agree with the earlier comment in which the freelancer would require half of the payment upfront. It seems as if a lot of companies that use freelancers don’t feel obligated to pay (at all or in-full) for the work rendered. A former co-worker of mine was doing freelance work this past summer when his employer (boss?) unexpectedly took a vacation to Africa for three months. There was still work to do, but he could not receive instructions on what to do (in other words, no work and no pay). Researching the company and the projected workflow, I feel, are two big keys for freelancing success.

  • Restaurant London

    Hi

    Yeah that is true.Freelancing is the big business deal.Buyers can post their proposals and bidder will be accept those.But still this elance methodology needs some improvements.

    Regards
    Gopal

  • JUst to be safe we must try asking for a downpayment so incase he doestn pay in full you already got the half of your hard earned money

  • I have been working as a freelance writer for two years and I have had my share of bad experiences with clients. A couple of times the buyer vanished after the job was done. This is really painful but I have learned my lesson and as I have build a good portfolio with a lot of good feedbacks, now I don’t bid on projects posted by new buyers. I always check the history of the buyer and work with small milestones.