Once you've collected a stable of copywriting clients, you should look to thin the ranks by firing your bad clients. Why? Because you'll be more creative and productive working for the clients you LOVE.
Working with bad clients (who don't pay without you dunning them for months, or who have expectations ten times higher than their budget) is bad business. Not only does it waste time and money, it also puts you in a negative mood.
Spend too long in a sour mood, and your creativity is shot for the day. That's not fair to your GOOD clients. (Nor to your nearest and dearest.)
OK, you've looked at your client list and you're ready to cull it. Here's how: raise your fees to your bad clients. You can call the surcharge an aggravation tax.
By "raise" I mean elevate to the max. Charge three times what you charge your good clients for a service. This tactic usually works. When it doesn't, explain to Mr or Ms Bad Client that you're booked solid for the next year.
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