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my latest story.

Post by Jade » Mon May 15, 2017 6:49 pm

i've got a new story to share.

i'd been working with this woman on an upwork contract for a few months. started out a little odd... she wanted me to use google docs for everything, and then as soon as i'd write her content she'd take the article and obliterate it. completely cover it in some damn pink editing.


but anyway, i've been very spoiled because even though i use waaaaay too many commas in my work, i've never really had too many things sent back to me for revision.

so in the beginning this pissed me off a bit but i got over it. i send her edits back to her (in purple) and everything was fine.

every time she'd start a new project, she'd create and send me a youtube video. a video, guys. i'm a pretty smart girl and can usually pretty well get the general idea of assignments, or ask for clarification as needed. but this woman would send 15 minute videos to me.

finally last week i just about lost my "ish" with her and told her that until she explained exactly WHY she had "pinked out" (control alt STRIKETHROUGH PINK) the entirety of an article i'd written for her, then i wasn't going to do anything because i didn't want to waste my time or her money.

i haven't heard from her since.

thank god.

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Re: my latest story.

Post by MegStewart » Tue May 16, 2017 4:19 am

Jade, I'm so with you on this one! I've had some clients that behaved in a similar way. I think we probably all have those clients at some point.

One thing I did realize though that helped me a LOT is that my time is better spent working with the clients who fit with me and what my strengths are. So it helps to know what your strong areas are. For example, when I first started freelancing I would take just about any writing job, regardless of the topic. And sometimes the projects didn't pay well either and clients set unreasonable deadlines, or would send something back three times or more for meaningless edits. Or once I agreed to write for a paper writing service. I told them I would only write the call to action pages and not actual essays or reports for students because to me it was like cheating. I finally realized even writing the landing pages was difficult for me not because of the content but because I objected to the service they were providing. To me by writing kick-butt landing pages to draw in more students I was still helping them cheat!

The more I learned about what my strengths were, the better I was able to pick and choose clients and projects that suit my personality and my strengths. So now if I get a client that doesn't fit, I simply turn them down or don't take on any future projects with them. So much less stress!

I think the best thing you could have done was to address her "pink" mark up of your work head on and then let her go as a client. Sometimes that's the best way to do it even though it's a little scarier because you risk losing a client and potential income. Most times that I've been brave enough to just address an issue honestly up front, my clients have been more than understanding and even appreciate the honesty. Some don't of course and that's the risk you take.

But in my experience, the clients and projects are always out there just waiting. You just have to know where to look and be brave enough to put yourself out there.

Thanks for sharing your story!

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