My Client Categories
Today, use your 500 words to tell us about your work experiences.
Writing has always been one of my passions. I guess the fairy tale books and volumes of encyclopedia that our dad bought for us way back then helped ignite that fire in me. I can spend hours upon hours in front of my PC just typing thousands of words. But rather than talk about my work experiences (which is usually made up of beating deadlines), I’d like to talk about the people who influence my freelance life.
Being a writer has exposed me to different types of people; fellow freelancers whom I share laughter and pains with; like-minded people whom I’ve never seen in person but seem to fit into my life like a glove; and clients who provide me with the means to live my life the way I want to.
My Client Categories
Over the years, I have written for different clients. I have classified them into 3 categories:
1. The all-praising, ever-loving client
2. The “shoulder-shrugging client”
Haha. Here are the details of those categories:
1. The all-praising, ever-loving client. This is the client that every writer would love to have. He has nothing but kind words; praises you for a job well done (sometimes even with a small bonus); and corrects you in the subtlest way. He’ll say something like, “I really like your writing. It’s like you read my thoughts. But….”. It might be kinda time-consuming to edit your work (especially if you made sure that it’s A-okay). But who cares? This client is someone you’d love to work with, to hell and back.
2. The “shoulder-shrugging client”. You finished your article and you submit it. You wait for feedback. A ping. An email. A poke. Just to make sure that you did it right. You wait…and wait..and wait. Nada. Nothing. Zilch. After a week, he pings you for another assignment. Then you ask sweetly, “How was my last article? Did you like it?” No response. Just dollars in your bank account. Okay, at least he pays, but something in you wants that pat on the back, a confirmation that you did a good job. Okay, I am jaded. I know I shouldn’t look for client number one all the time.
3. Clientzilla. This is the client that will give you sleepless nights, a huge dose of insecurity, and a giant-sized frustration. He gives you an assignment without a guide. Just a topic. No clarifications. Then, once you submit, he’d tell you that he’s not paying you to write crap; that you should have written your article this way or that; that you’re a sorry excuse of a writer and not even worth an inkling of his attention. Then he orders you to rewrite and rewrite and rewrite. Lucky you if he pays at all. And if he does, he’ll keep on repeating how much money he wasted on you. Sigh.
Of course, the way I categorize my clients is based on my personal opinion. But here’s a thought – whether it’s client 1,2, or 3, I make it a point to give a hundred percent of my effort. Whether he likes my work or not, I know, deep in my heart, that I have created a masterpiece. Because I willed it as such.