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As we (freelancers and clients) each gain more and more experience dealing with good work partners and bad ones, we need to learn to identify and EMBODY the characteristics which we value in potential work partners. There is more to consider than just the artist's talent and the client's money. For example:

1) Great clients and freelancers tend to be professional, polite, organized, objective, and hard working. They set clear goals, agree on reasonable payment and meet deadlines in an efficient manner. The best clients and freelancers tend to seek each other out and develop ongoing relationships and successful business ventures. They sometimes contribute more than expected. You may find a few of these on DA, but they tend to prefer other sites and resources.

2) Many clients and freelancers fall into this middle area with some characteristics from groups 1 and 3.  New clients and artists should strive to start in this category and work their way toward category 1. (Note: If you connect with work partners on DA, learn tell the difference between people with good qualities and people with who brag but have no actual value to contribute to the partnership.)

3) Clients and freelancers who are rude, condescending, irrational, unprofessional, selfish, disorganized or lazy will probably provide a very difficult, unpleasant or otherwise unsuccessful work experience. Some are intentionally dishonest, but many just lack the proper skills to conduct business in a productive, pleasant, mutually beneficial manner. Freelancers in this category will struggle or fail or eventually evolve toward category 2 to survive. Clients in this category may hire an endless series of inexperienced freelancers who quit to pursue more rewarding (or more tolerable) work experiences. Don't settle for a category 3 partner. If that is all you can attract then spend some time improving yourself so that you can move up to category 2.

For a more detailed list of ways to recognize good or bad clients and artists, please take a look at this longer article:…

Hope that helps,

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Thank you so much for taking time to write these bits which are of great help.

-From someone who gained a lot by reading them.
FriendlyHand 2 days ago  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind feedback! I'm glad to have helped! :)
smrrfette Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your tips have been a wonderful help, thank you so much for sharing your knowledge!

All the best!
FriendlyHand Feb 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're very very welcome! :)
sugomon Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for everything that you've done!
FriendlyHand Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You are very welcome! I hope it helps!
Jincks Nov 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for all of the advice, FriendlyHand. I have been working to a point where I hope to begin my mission to freelance full-time as an artist, but I have felt nervous about soliciting work from people online (currently, I am only working for acquaintances that I've met in person through my friends and family). Your tips have really eased my mind about beginning to work as a freelancer online and helped me to set personal goals to advance as a professional.

Again, Thank you so much for creating this excellent resource; it's a precious gift upon this community.
FriendlyHand Nov 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for the wonderful feedback! I hope you have a fulfilling and successful freelance experience!
Insightful advice for someone like me with an ambition of making a living from art. 
Thank you for providing all this for free, for everyone on the internet :)
FriendlyHand Oct 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! I hope it helps you reach your goals! =)
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