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Happy Friday! This is the Freelance Gig, where we share news, tools, tips, and tricks to help grow your freelance business.

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Mentioned in today’s email: TikTok, Google, X, and LinkedIn. Plus how to let a “bad fit” client down gently, and how to unlock the power of identity shifts in your freelance business.

Read time: 3 minutes and 26 seconds

Together with The Finance Agency

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Making the Rounds

Working With Clients

How to Let a “Bad Fit” Client Down Gently

Not all client relationships have a happy ending.

Sometimes clients will blow you up with emails, DMs, and voice notes…

Hammer you with urgent requests that ignore your clearly-stated boundaries…

And imply that nothing you do is up to snuff.

Sometimes, after working with them, you realize they’re just not a good fit.

Either way, when that time comes, the best move is to let them go.

But how, exactly? What’s the best way to fire a client?

Well, for starters, it’s never easy…

Even if you’re secretly wishing a pox upon their house.

Send them an email or DM that hits these key points:

- I'm not the right person to help you achieve XYZ
- I hope you've gotten some good value from our time together
- Happy to get on a call to discuss if need be
- Still believe in your mission/product
- Will be rooting for you to succeed

The reason to send them a message instead of getting on a call right away is to give them a chance to digest it…

And (hopefully) eliminate the need for a call.

But this way, even if they insist on one, you’ve already got the hard part out of the way.

And if you have a 30-day cancellation policy in your contract, you can always offer to let them out of it if you’re really eager to end the relationship.

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Working For Yourself

How to Unlock the Power of Identity Shifts in Your Freelance Business

One of the best parts about working remotely is the dress code.

As in, there is none.

But as nice as it is to spend the day working in sweatpants and a hoodie…

Here’s the thing…

Having an “everyday is Casual Friday” mindset can bleed into how you show up in your business.

If you want to perform at your best, day in and day out…

And be taken seriously as a service provider…

Meaning you want to be seen by your clients as someone who knows how to get results…

(and is paid handsomely for it)

Then you need to come correct.

That doesn’t have to mean business formal attire, but it should mean a clean and wrinkle-free outfit.

Better yet, create a “uniform” you wear every day to minimize decision fatigue.

Studies have shown that what you wear can and does affect how you feel…

So leverage this proven scientific phenomenon to show up the way YOU want to inside your business.

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It’s quickly become one of our core tools for running a freelance business.

Bonus Points

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🧠 Mindset: 3 mindset shifts to hit 6-figures (and beat impostor syndrome) (link)

💪 Confidence: Stop saying these 9 thing at work (link)

🚀 Success: Do THIS to reinvent yourself in 2024 (link)