ABCs of Freelance Writing: K is for Kiss This

lipstick kissThis post is part of the ABCs of Freelance Writing series. See the full index of posts here.

K is for Kiss This

It’s safe to admit it here. Your fellow freelance writers know that “kiss this” is what you really want to say to that client who keeps promising that the check is in the mail.

It’s how you want to sign your final email to the dude who’s requesting revision number eight—not because you are too daft to follow the original instructions, but because he keeps changing his honking mind.

Start Grading Your Clients

Sometimes Freelancing is hard work, and it can be tempting to lose your cool and let off some steam in a snarky email to a difficult client. Fortunately, the Freelancers Union has come up with a better way for you to deal with difficult, deadbeat clients. It’s called the Client Scorecard, and its one way that freelancers are demanding accountability and integrity from the people and companies they work with.

Straight from the Freelancers Union

Here’s what the Freelancers Union has to say about their nifty little scorecard:

This tool allows you to rate companies—good and bad—as well as check out potential clients before accepting a gig. Let us know all about your experience by rating companies you’ve freelanced for through the newly launched Client Scorecard. Did they pay you on time? Was there a struggle to get a contract? Were they paying market rate? Over time, we hope this platform will allow freelancers to help and protect each other and hopefully keep the corporate world just a little more honest.

So what do you say? Feel like joining freelance designers, writers, and others in giving karma a helping hand?


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0 thoughts on “ABCs of Freelance Writing: K is for Kiss This

  1. I like the idea in theory, though even if I gave my best clients all a ten (or would that be a 5?), I don’t think they would appreciate being rated.

    My tiny clients, however, might like the publicity.

    I don’t have much problem with getting paid, as I write up a payment schedule as part of my proposals.  Sometimes some clients delay with the later payments, but they come through eventually.  It might be partially the nature of my work – they usually want/need me to do more.

    • I think I know what you mean. I have yet to use the scorecard, but I like the idea — in theory. One negative I see immediately is that most designers and writers will be using it to complain rather than praise.

      It’s like the store manager who only hears about a cashier when something goes wrong.

      Still, I have heard horror stories from colleagues about non-payment and other issues that make me think the threat of being scored *might* make them more accountable.

      • I agree that non-payment is an issue.  My suggestion is to work at forming good relationships with clients.  There are never guarantees, but it helps if both sides are clear in advance on payment, and the expectations are in writing.

      • You make a good point about there being no guarantees. There are inherent risks in doing business of any sort — freelance or not.

        I’ll be interested to see if the Scorecard takes off or not. Time will tell, I guess.

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