Did you know that your relationships with your long-term freelancing clients go through the same stages that other interpersonal relationships go through? Relationship with client is very important for freelancing. It is a step by steps process which needs a proper planning.
Mostly freelancers get projects from clients and then process them, with their skills and abilities. As a freelancer, it’s very important to understand each of these stages or steps for creating a long term relationship with freelance client.
Acquaintance and Definite Mutual Interest
The first stage of freelance client relationship begins when you meet with your clients. At that time that persons are not your clients, but they show the interest of working with you.
Here is a great challenge arise for you to make a good enough impression on the client during the acquaintance stage. You need a good planning to explain your working procedure with your upcoming client. Make sure that your social media profiles and freelancing website are up to date so that you can make the right impression.
At this stage, the client actually engaged or agreed to work on a project with you.
During the engagement stage, the clients are normally very excited about working with you. Clients send you the proposal of project with their requirements. You need to provide a complete explanation of your working process with budget estimation detail.
In this stage you are most likely to get additional business from the client. The honeymoon or time period phase is also the ideal time to ask your client for a testimonial. You need to complete you project in a prescribed time to show your goodwill and Excellency of work.
Taken for Granted
As a freelancer, you’re taking the client for granted when you let the quality of your work to slip and just do enough to get by. This step may be come out in your freelancing career when you are providing low services to you clients on regularly basis.
Although this can be a negative phase, you can overcome the negativity by working harder on the client relationship. You need to satisfy your clients with different measures.
If you’ve made mistakes on the client’s work then apologize and offer to correct the problems. Above all, do not become angry or lash out at your former client for ending the relationship. It is very important to convince your client to carry on the relationship otherwise you will lose your good client.