I have a tendency to spoil my clients. I’m such a people pleaser that I bend over backwards making them happy and making their outsourcing experience as easy as possible. Sometimes that means I don’t look out for MY best interest, which can be detrimental.
Last summer I was doing some writing work for a client who I really liked and he asked if I had time to do a writing assignment for a friend of his. This was easy – 5 blog posts – so I said yes.
All freelancers reading this, PLEASE learn from my mistake!
Being the trusting soul that I am, I did not require payment up front nor did I even think to ask for half payment upfront. I was more focused on doing the job and getting that extra $100 into my bank account that it never crossed my mind. Afterall, I had never had issues with clients and non payment before so why would it start with this client?