Welcome to guest writer, James Leckie.
I was an IT contractor in London for several years, before setting up a series of freelancer news sites from 1998 onwards. I’ve worked for quite a few large contract clients, and still do occasional freelance editing and marketing work.
There have been quite a few occasions when I’ve had to turn down freelance projects – even well paid ones.
Five classic reasons for saying ‘no’ to a job
Some of my own site regulars, and colleagues have had similar experiences – so here are five reasons why you might have to turn down a freelance job offer:
1. Needy clients
You can often tell if a prospective client is going to be ‘needy’, and may require you to do lots of extra work beyond your initial brief. They may be fussy, or overly picky when you deliver perfectly good work. If you’re in luck, you may be able to detect such characteristics during your initial discussions with the client, or better – a fellow contractor or freelancer may warn you off in advance.