There are times as a freelancer when you may get the feeling that client may be attempting to taking advantage of you. This is an excellent article that explains how to tell ahead of time so you can nip it in the bud before it gets started.

Having unrealistic expectations.

Another sign that a client is taking advantage of you is when they start putting more on your plate.

The same woman who was talking about her friend turned client taking advantage of her was describing how the company was hiring her as a freelancer but wanted her to work 40 hours and log them in a time sheet. This took time away from her other clients and she was not happy about it.

“I feel like they are trying to get full-time work out of me and trying to avoid having to fork over money for payroll taxes,” she said.

The consensus from the group was that they probably were.

Keep an eye out for this kind of behavior. If they keep asking for more without wanting to pay, it’s time to drop them.

They don’t respect your boundaries.

As a freelancer, you must set boundaries with your clients. This includes boundaries with your hours, availability, the scope of work, payment terms, time, etc. If you don’t do this, you run the risk of of having a client take advantage of you.

If you do have set boundaries and your clients are still pushing them, then it may be time to drop them and find another client.

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