Every freelance writer has that moment which comes far more often than they’d want – when a freelance writing clients dumps them and shuts down the project.
May be the client is just out of budget, may be there aren’t creating as much revenue as they expected or their content requirements are over – whatever the reason might be, clients dumping you is inevitable and there is no reason for you to take it personally.
Sooner or later, every project ends. You will find very few freelance writing clients who will end up sending you work for more than 2-3 years.
Here is what you need to do when a freelance writing client dumps you:
1- Do not start panicking
It is common for freelance writers to panic when they lose a major client, and trust me, I have been there. But then I realized, I was just wasting my time panicking when I could have been doing something more constructive.
The client is gone, there is really nothing you can do about that. All you can do is, plan for the future.
2- Send any outstanding invoices
Does the client still owe you money?
Then the first thing you need to do is send the outstanding invoice. Do not wait for the month to be over. When the work has already ended, you should be paid as soon as possible.
3- Was it your mistake?
A lot freelance writers spend a lot of time wandering around this question. While I don’t recommend spending too much time thinking about this, but if it was really your fault, you need to evaluate your work and make sure it doesn’t happen with the other clients.
Did you miss a deadline?
Did you provide low-quality work?
Was there a miscommunication?
Does the client think your rates are expensive?
If it is the last reason, then you need to leave the client immediately instead of trying to cut your rates. It is not worth it.
4- Always have a backup option
Losing a client is a part of a freelance content writer’s life, and there is no reason for you to take it personally.
Instead, always have a backup option ready. Never wait to pitch to new clients. Even if you think you are too busy at the moment, if you find a great project, just take it.
Your current clients might be sending you a lot of work right now, but you never know when they might stop.
5- Start pitching to new clients immediately
Coming down from our point 1, instead of wallowing and feeling defeated, you need to start using your time more productively and pitch to new clients.
If you already don’t have a backup option, then you are way behind and you need to actively search for freelance writing clients.
6- Check your funds for the next month
If the client you just lost only contributed to 20% of your total earnings, then it wouldn’t really make such a big difference.
On the other hand, if the client was responsible for 80% of your monthly earnings then you are in deep trouble and you need to act immediately.
7- Never rely on a single client for the majority of your payments
As a rule, never let a client contribute to more than 40% of your earnings. If you just landed a very high-paying client, start searching for an equally high-paying client, just to keep your grounds covered.
Relying on a single client is risky and dangerous at the same time, because you never know when the freelance writing project might end.
Have you ever been dumped by a freelance writing client? How did you handle it?