When to fire a client


As a freelance writer, it’s hard to say goodbye to a client. After all, we need the money!

Sometimes, though, the money just isn’t worth it. 

3 red flags - it's time to fire that client

Increasingly unreasonable demands

Maybe the gig seemed like a decent idea at the start, paying just fine. Now, though, you’re being asked for more revisions, longer posts, and maybe even additional fact-checking requirements — without seeing increased pay. If you’re being asked to do more and more without being compensated, it’s probably time to move on.

Unprofessional interactions

Is the client unprofessional? Do they interact with you in a condescending manner? Those kinds of interactions can take a toll on your mental health — and it can spill over into other areas of your life, causing problems with your other relationships. 

You dread doing the work

Anytime you look at your calendar and see an assignment from a client and immediately cringe, that could be a sign that client is no longer serving you. If you find yourself putting off work for a client, consider why you feel that way, and start looking for replacements.


Bottom line

There are other reasons to move on from a client, such as getting better-paying work and cycling them out. But if you find that a client habitually causes you stress, and it’s impacting your ability to work effectively, it’s probably time to say goodbye.

If you’re looking for other places to write, so you can replace the income from a fired client, check out our resource on where to find freelance writing gigs.