We freelancers talk a lot about Bad Clients and How to Avoid Them. But we rarely talk about the good clients.
In a way, it’s perfectly understandable. Almost every freelancer whose been at it for more than a month or two has a horror story about a client who didn’t work out. It helps to vent about those bad freelancing experiences.
However, identifying the good clients is just as important as staying away from the bad ones. All freelancers should develop their own checklist of what they are looking for in a client.
In this post, I’ll discuss good freelancing clients and explain how to recognize them. I’ll list fifteen characteristics that many good clients share. This is good starting place for developing your own client checklist.
10 Characteristics of a Good Client
Good clients are out there and you can find them. You just need to understand and be able to recognize the qualities of a good client.
Some time ago, we listed the traits of a good freelancing client here on Freelance Folder.
To refresh your memory, those traits were:Communicates expectations clearly Allows a reasonable amount of time for the work Available for questions Pays a fair amount for the work required Pays in a timely fashion Has high integrity Allows the freelancer to do their job Seeks an ongoing relationship Gives credit where credit is due Committed to quality
The original list is pretty good, and touches upon many of traits that most freelancers look for in a client.
(Most of those points are self-explanatory, but review the original post for a complete description of each characteristic.)
However, since we published the original post I’ve realized that I missed a few very important traits.
5 More Traits of a Good Freelance Client
Here are five more very important characteristics that you should look for in a new client before you start working for them:
What do you look for in a client? Share some of the traits of good clients in the comments.