Here’s the dirty truth I’ve discovered during my last year as a freelancer: not all clients are rock stars. Truth be told, there’s even been a few along the way that I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. Unfortunately, when I was first getting started as a freelancer, I didn’t always know how to spot bad clients until it was too late. So, the purpose of this series is to help budding freelancers identify clients who will be less-than-pleasant to work for. Learning to spot “red flag” clients early helps prevent unnecessary stress. In the first part of this series, I covered some over-arching client personality traits that are dead giveaways that something is broken on their end. I’d encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already, it’s a great introduction to six big-picture things that every freelancer should learn to look out for. But let’s move on to part two now, shall we? It’s true, sometimes little things will bug developers just as much as the big stuff. Heck, sometimes the small things seem even worse. So, here’s my list of the seven most common, and specific, red flags that have popped up throughout
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