How to Quit a Freelance Job You Don’t Like the Right Way

16/10/2016 11 comments

If you think that, as a freelancer, things will be easy for you when you finally decide to quit a freelance job and stop working for a client for any reason, think again. For many freelancers, this is a big decision and you should think carefully before you make it. But sometimes, the only way to progress further as a freelancer is to quit a freelance job you have now in order to find something better and more suited to your current skills. This post will help you if you’re looking for an answer on how to quit a freelance job the right way.

How to Quit a Freelance Job Without Burning any Bridges Behind You?

What can you do to ensure that you quit a freelance job and still part with a client on good terms after quitting? How to quit a freelance job without slamming the door shut behind you? Without burning bridges behind you?

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This won’t be easy, especially if you’ve been delaying the decision to quit a freelance job for some time, but sooner or later, you’ll have to do this. For one reason or another.

Trust me, once you do make this step, you’ll  lift a great weight off your shoulders and will be able to tackle any new challenges with much more vigor.

The main thing to remember is to always keep your head cool. No angry emails, no ranting on Skype calls, no unresponded Upwork messages. That’s what an angry child would do, not an adult.

Be polite, even if the other person is not and is acting rude. Be clear and concise about why you want to quit a freelance job, whether it is a good reason (a better opportunity presenting itself) or a bad reason (the client getting late with payments).

Why is being polite important, even if all you want is to blast at your client? Because it’s part of being a professional and professionalism is an important part of being a freelancer. Do you want to work with unprofessional people? Then why would you act that way?

Let’s take a look at two different scenarios, both of which may entice you to quit a freelance job and stop working with that client.

Keep an Eye for a Better Opportunity at all Times

Sometimes, clients can be very toxic and working with them for any prolonged period of time only gives you an ulcer. Now, you can, as Dorie Clark suggests in this article, wait until your contract expires and then explain to the client “the error of their way”.

This would mean that you have to put up with that client for some more time and that is not healthy for you if you are not being respected, the client is unprofessional or you are not getting any money.

However, in certain circumstances, it may be better to postpone the decision to quit a freelance job and its announcement. For example, if you don’t have a plan “B”, or an exit strategy and are looking at the next month without a decent client, it may be for the better to remain working your current underpaid, tedious projects than leave and have nothing.

But, if a better opportunity presents itself, whether it is paid more, or the projects are more interesting, you should grab it as soon as possible. A good client will understand your decision and will wish you luck (don’t forget to wish him luck back).

If you don’t make this move sooner or later, you’ll be stuck at the same job forever, miserable at being underpaid or unpaid, of the lack of respect from your client or for missing once again on a great opportunity to make the next step. Forget any fears and doubts you might have and don’t be afraid to quit a freelance job with your head held high!

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