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    Dangerous Clients in Textbroker

    Posted by Charles Gray on April 12, 2013

    Not “Dangerous” as in you’re likely to find men in government suits knocking down your door, but “dangerous” in that you may end up wasting the time it took to type the assisgnment.

    And if you’re using TB to pay your bills, that can be very dangerous indeed.  This also applies to any TB style content writing service where you may be picking up people who you’ve never had any contact with.

    Fortunately,  you can find the danger in their assignment requests.

    For example, we start with the vague:

    “I need something written about dogs.”

    Now it may be that he or she simply needs filler space for a blog.  But it’s equally possible that the client really doesn’t know what they want. Don’t worry, they’ll know it when they see it. But that means that your work may be the best thing you’ve ever done, but if when they see it, they don’t’ like it, you’ll likely get it tossed back for a rewrite, and every moment spent rewriting an article is lost time in terms of moneymaking potential.

    Then there is the political:

    “I want you to write about the damage Obama has done to the nation”

    Now this type of client may know what he wants, but you still don’t. Is he asking for a legitimate article about the weaknesses in Obama’s foreign policy, or wanting you to talk about how Obama wishes to drain our precious bodily fluids?  You can substitute any political party, and keep the problem that it may be difficult to tell what type of article the client wants.  In other words, it’s a similar problem to the vague problem above– the client knows, but you may not.  Even worse, the politically active can get very upset if you don’t know what they want because it’s so obvious. Because of that you may lose the article entirely.

    Of course, there is the person who seems to think this is college:

    “I need an article with at least 10 citations, linked and cited MLA style.  That’s in addition to the 400 words you’ll actually be paid for.”

    Run away, do not walk away from these clients.  Anyone wanting that for 10 dollars or so is either completely unaware of what they’re doing, or trying to get some very hard work for nearly free. They’re also, in my experience, extremely unforgiving of any type of error, which often includes things like not finding the citation from JSTOR about the article published in 1955.   Even if you get things done to their satisfaction, you’ve probably spent several hours on it, and that  keeps you from earning a decent wage.

    Dangerous clients keep you from working at a pace that can produce an effective ROI, where your investment is the time you spend on any given assignment.

    Should ever work with these clients?

    Sometimes yes.  If the assignment is short, and you’ve already met your goals for the day, working with one can be rewarding.  If you do a good job with the vague client, especially if you help them understand what they want, you might actually have won a long-term client.  The research intensive client may decide to use you as a regular writer, which may result in higher pay.

    But it can be a risk, so it’s important that you make certain to not hang your daily pay rate on these clients.

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