• Ash

Client red flags revealed: How to identify the signs like a pro


Your freelancing depends on clients, yes.


Bad clients, however, can be a drain on not just your business but affect your sanity as well.


Identifying client red flags is just important a skill to master as your "actual" skills are.


Client red flags can sometimes be difficult to identify. How do you know if a client is going to be trouble? How about when they are no-shows, or they don't pay their bills?


How about when they want to change the design halfway through a project? What if a client just ghosts on you? What if you don't like the client at all?


These are real issues.


Here are some typical client red flags (See these? Run):


Looking for Low Cost Freelancers

All Caps Is a No-No

This Is Easy For Someone Who Knows What They Are Doing

Need Only [Insert Country] Freelancers

Look for Previous Client Feedback

Clients who Ghost You

Clients who Don't Pay

Clients who Are Rude, Mean, & Condescending



Thankfully, there are some real ways to identify client red flags and identify crappy clients from miles away (even before you decide to send out a pitch or bid on their projects).


This blog post will give you some of the most common signs that your client may not be as good as you think and how to avoid them.


Looking for "low cost freelancers" or "Cheapest will win"


This is obvious, but it's worth explaining: the clients look for "low cost" freelancers are the hardest to work with, the the meanest monsters around, and they'll obviously pay you the lowest possible fees ever. I have no idea how it makes any sense to get projects like these or choose to work with clients like these.


If you absolutely need the money, do something else (if you have to). I'll bet you'll make more waiting tables, running the newspaper route, or filling fuel at a fuel station than anything else you'd pick for these rates (and I speak for the global diaspora of freelancers absolutely everywhere).