If you think that academic writer's job is all about writing, you are severely mistaken. Whether you will be successful or not – it depends on your cooperation with a client. During my career as an academic writer I had to face various customers and after long years of co-working I managed to develop my own client classification. According to the results of my “research”, there are 5 general types of clients and each of them requires special kind of treatment.
Type 1: The Passive Ghostly One
Prescription: If you are a beginner at academic writing, you might have troubles while working with this type of a customer. You've got so much questions to ask – and he definitely is not looking forward to your communication! Try to take as much as possible from the instructions he gives in the beginning – and do not worry. Even if you understand something wrong, he will simply pay you for the order and make corrections himself. He will also provide a better explanation of what he wants the next time.
Type 2: The Perfectionist
Prescription: If you are a kind of writer, whose first draft is usually final version of an essay and who tends to do all the work within one day – perhaps you should avoid working with The Perfectionist. But if you are a beginner or a perfectionist yourself – this is your type of a client. He will readily explain you every detail you are interested in.
Type 3: The Psycho
Prescription: Whoever you are – just don't deal with such a client. You can identify him among other clients by ridiculous order requirements or inappropriate prices. But if you do have to put up with him – just try to follow his requirements and not to lose your mind (or money).
Type 4: Mr. First Order
Prescription: Teach him. Ask him everything you need and don't be afraid to waste your time – if you provide him with a qualitative order and with friendly support, there is every chance that he will choose you as his “permanent” writer.
Type 5: Your Lucky Number
Prescription: Work and enjoy. Apparently, you’ve come across the ideal type of a customer. All you need to do is to accomplish his order as good as possible – trust me, you don't want to lose such a client.
Of course, I only described the most common types of clients. You might get a mix of two or more types as your client – but don't you fret: increasing experience will help you deal with every customer you have to face. Well, maybe except for The Psycho ;)