When freelancers think of rejection, we’re usually on the receiving end of the stick. That is, we — our proposals and bids — are often the ones being rejected by prospective clients. It’s a common experience among freelancers, even the most talented ones, and something we should get used to.
What freelancers have much less experience with is rejecting possible clients.
Are you out of your mind, Lexi? Why would a freelancer reject a prospect?
Well, for plenty of reasons. The main one being that not every prospect is right for every freelancer.
If you’ve been freelancing for some time, you would have experienced clients who just didn’t work out. If you look back, you’ll realize there were plenty of red flags that should have warned you about “those clients.”
If you could see those red flags early on, you could turn away those clients and avoid plenty of grief down the road.
That said, rejecting prospective clients can be a scary experience. Especially when you’re just starting out with freelancing, or when you need to make money desperately, saying “no” to someone who wants to hire you is the last thing you want to do.
However, if you don’t listen to your gut or at least use your head in choosing clients, you may find yourself shortchanged in the end. Read on.