Some warning signs freelancers tend to overlook because they want the project.

It’s no fun being trapped in a bad working relationship with a difficult client. We can put filters in place to screen out prospects who aren’t a good fit for us, but what do we do when things begin well but go sour in the middle of a project? It’s important to recognize the “red flags” and deal with them so that you can maintain a comfortable working relationship with your client. I break out 10 red flags that can pop up before and during a project. Why should you be aware of warning signs? Because these types of problems can impact you creatively and affect your ability to stay in business.

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Neither speculative nor pro bono work generate income for you. With each, you’re working for free. In this episode I compare the concepts of spec and pro bono work, lay out reasons why you should pursue one and entirely avoid the other, and offer a safe approach to accepting and managing pro bono projects.