How do you decide which clients to take?

Question: How do you decide which clients to take? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Interview with Hanling, a data scientist that works remotely on machine learning

Selecting good clients is important for freelancers.

The first thing I'll look at when viewing a job on Upwork is the client's feedback and how much he/she spent on the platform. If the client had completed many jobs on Upwork with good feedback and spent much, then very likely this is a good clients.

Good clients always have a clear description for the job, clear goal to achieve, timely communication and show respects.

I've met clients who ask modifications again and again but wouldn't pay a penny, as well as clients who pay once the work is delivered and reviewed and pay bonus for my excellent work.

If the client is new to the Upwork, then we need to be a bit more cautious. Besides, I also pay attention to the district clients from. For example, I've met many clients who give unreasonable low price for large workload, so now I don't apply for those kinds of jobs.

Hanling started working remotely as a student and now does freelance machine learning and data analysis for clients all around the world.

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Interview with Andrew, a freelance writer who works remotely

It’s always a tough thing to figure out which clients are worth your time and which ones aren’t. While you never really know if a client is a good one until you’re working with them, there are a few red flags that I tend to look for.

The biggest one is the price ratio versus the demands they are making.

If I see someone who has a large list of demands for a project, but a very small price point, it means the client’s going to be too much of a hassle for the pay.

It’s one thing to pay very well and have a large list of rules to follow for a project, but if you’re expecting premium level work for pay below minimum wage, you’re not the kind of person I’d like to work with.

Another red flag is when a client has strange and unrealistic expectations for a work. For example, I’ve seen plenty of proposals where a client wants a book written that will become a New York Times Best Seller, or worse, they want a screenplay made based off of a “million dollar idea” that they had. These kinds of clients don’t have much of a connection to reality and will end up being a real hassle in the long run.

Sometimes you’ll run into clients who offer really steady work, but at incredibly low pay rates. But since the job is so steady, you might be tempted to take their offer and work for them. Chances are if you have strict time limits and a client who’s badgering you to get the work done as quickly as possible, chances are that you’re working with a farmer.

A farmer is someone who accepts freelance contracts for his own, then hires out other people at a reduced rate to do the actual work. He takes the lion’s share of the profits for doing none of the work. It might seem like a good deal at first, but the truth is that you could be the one getting the actual contract and getting paid the full amount instead of getting paid peanuts by someone else.

Andrew became a full-time freelance writer after experimenting with freelance marketplaces. After the first month, he was already earning more than his full-time job.

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Interview with Meryl, a digital marketer and master of home office organization

I've been fortunate that I get the right clients as most work comes from referrals and repeat business. In the 15 years I've done this full-time, I've rarely passed on clients and projects.

Meryl K. Evans is skilled at creating a home office that leads to remote work flexibility. See her advice for creating a successful workspace, and hear about her journey into freelancing.

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Interview with Erin, a videographer who found her freelancing niche

This is such an important thing to think about. I recently went through the process of switching my own client base.

I used to do a lot of weddings when I first got into videography, but I soon realized that it wasn’t something I would want to do for the rest of my life.

So, slowly I replaced my wedding videos with small business videos on my portfolio and framed myself as a small business videographer. Now I don’t do any more weddings and have really found my niche.

Erin is a videographer who carved out a successful freelancing niche—see how she optimizes her time and plans for the ups and downs of freelance work.

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