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We all start off with very little experience or understanding of how freelance jobs are supposed to work. starting with smaller/faster/easier jobs is a good way to ease yourself into the market. 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. When choosing your next job, 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 who are just starting to learn about freelance jobs should probably strive to start in this category and work their way toward category 1 as they learn more, and gain more experience. (Note: If you connect with work partners on DA, learn tell the difference between people with ACTUAL good qualities and people who brag but have no actual experience, insights or useful connections 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 to earn a living 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: friendlyhand.deviantart.com/jo…

Hope that helps,
FH

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sourjonboy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
What :iconhaphazardmachine: said :below:

Seriously though I think I love everything about your page here!
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad to help!
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HaphazardMachine Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014   Digital Artist
Deviantart needs more people like you, seriously.
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for such a thoughtful comment! Happy Sunday :)
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BlackShiya Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you sir are awesome!
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
glad to help!
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troyrich93 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Hello
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FriendlyHand Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hello
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troyrich93 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist
How are you?
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Mengtastic Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your journals are all extremely helpful! Thank you!
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