From time to time, we freelancers and solopreneurs have to cope with stuff like losing a client, not winning a potential new project or poor cashflow due to accounts departments that are S-L-O-W to pay.
And, because we work on our own, we don’t have colleagues to turn to when things aren’t going smoothly.
Here’s what I do: I turn to my ‘Thank you, Carole’ list.
About three years ago, I decided that, every time I got a ‘thank you, great work’ type of message from a client, I would copy it into a Word document. I now have several pages of glowing compliments and, whenever I need a morale boost, I simply pull the document up on screen and have a read.
And you know what? It works!
Here are a few examples of the comments I’ve collected:
“Thanks so much for all your hard work on the copy – we really appreciated it.”
“What a wonderful writer you are.”
“Thanks a million for your great work on the website. The client is delighted with it and personally I’m thrilled with how the project went.”
“Thank you for your excellent work.”
“You are by far the best editor we’ve ever had.”
“You are a star – we are really happy with this. Thank you.”
“The newsletter certainly does look excellent! Many thanks Carole.”
“Thanks Carole. Excellent stuff, as usual.”
Why not go back over your archived emails and pull out similar comments so you can start to compile your own ‘client compliments’ list?