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GOOD VS BAD CLIENTS

Journal Entry: Sun Oct 6, 2013, 6:17 PM


Hey Guys! :leetcrab:
I just read an interesting article by the awesome FriendlyHand, here's a quote from their journal about how to spot Good and Bad clients (there is also a section about spotting good and bad artists as well!):

ATTRIBUTES ASSOCIATED WITH A GOOD CLIENT/ JOB AD:


  • Client seems polite and professional and reasonable.
  • Client knows what she/he wants and describes the project clearly.
  • Client has checked the advertisement for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors.
  • Client mentions payment method and/or proposed payment amount(s). Amount seems reasonable.
  • Client mentions deadlines if any. Deadlines seem reasonable.
  • Client answers questions openly, honestly, and politely.
  • Client provides contact information. A registered domain name and email can indicate credibility.
  • Client provides image samples to demonstrate desired style if applicable.
  • Client provides links to company website or previous work if applicable.
  • Client has a long-standing DA account with no hidden activity or messages and has successfully completed previous jobs here.
  • Client seems well established and has a history of polite professional interaction.
  • Client is able to select a freelancer based on the artist's portfolio and written proposal.
  • Client maintains good communication.


WARNING SIGNS OF A POTENTIALLY PROBLEMATIC CLIENT:


  • Client does not clearly describe the project.
  • Client is unwilling or "unable" to make a down payment before work has started. Makes excuses.
  • Client will not use Paypal.
  • Client has a history of unpleasant message board posts or has hidden comments.
  • Client has a new account on message board and no evidence of a good reputation elsewhere.
  • Client requests free "try out" or "test" artwork instead of making a decisions based on portfolios.
  • Client promises a lot of future work but wants the current work to be cheap or free.
  • Client's advertisement contains complaints about previous work relationships or other topics.
  • Client seems angry, condescending, insulting, childish, rude or irrational.
  • Client makes demands that seem unreasonable or unnecessary.
  • Client mentions large sums of money or brags about wealth, talent or general greatness without providing proof.
  • Client wants the work ASAP (sometimes with the excuse that previous artist has bailed) but can't pay immediately.
  • Client tries to bully the artist into accepting unreasonable terms or changes to previously accepted terms.
  • Client asks for financial information or excessive personal details 
  • Client sends you to questionable websites or "disguised" or "shortened" URLS
  • Client requires you to sign up on another site to be considered for the job
  • Client sometimes doesn't respond for days or weeks.


Good luck with your freelancing! :heart:


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What did you need changed? I don't have much time to be making big changes right now but if it's something small I'll see what I can do. =)
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