✋ Avoiding bad clients

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Mentioned in today’s edition: YouTube, MrBeast, and TikTok. Plus a simple trick to snuff out bad clients, why your freelance biz needs a strong base of support, and how a single tweet added 1,249+ subscribers to our email list.

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes and 39 seconds

Making the Rounds

  • MrBeast explains how YouTube’s algorithm works. In this TechCrunch article, he reveals why he’s so bullish on YouTube shorts, and why the #1 metric he pays attention to is retention rate. 
  • Only 20% of Americans trust TikTok with their data. Based on the results of this 1,022 person survey, recent reporting from BuzzFeed on how China-based employees can access U.S. user data may finally be starting to set in.
  • TikTok scales back plans for livestream shopping. The company has reportedly abandoned plans to expand TikTok Shop in Europe after disappointing results in the U.S. and U.K.

Working With Clients

Simple Trick to Snuff Out Bad Clients

Avoiding bad clients is just as important as finding good ones. 

So here’s a simple trick to filter them out:

Ask for a deposit up front.

It can be 25%, 50%, or even 100%. 

Use your judgment, of course. 

But the more established you are (and the bigger the project is), the more you should be asking for up front. 

Because most people worth their salt don’t work for free. 

And if a prospective client scoffs at the idea of putting down a deposit, that’s a sign you should move on to the next one.

Working For Yourself

A Six-Figure Freelance Biz Needs a Strong Base of Support

They say you should always invest in a good pair of shoes and a good mattress.


Because if you’re not in one, you’re in the other.

Well, we’ve got one more item to add to that list:

A good office chair.

Because if you’re spending 4-8+ hours working on the computer in a crappy chair…

You could easily end up with back, neck, or wrist pain.

And your skeleton deserves better than that.

Our top choice is the IKEA Markus.

But if you’re looking for a side-by-side comparison…

Check out TechRadar for some of the best office chairs of 2022.

Tools We Love

How a Single Tweet Added 1,249+ Subscribers to Our Email List

Twitter’s been our #1 growth channel since we launched in late March.

And there’s one specific type of tweet that’s proven to be insanely effective for attracting more engagement, followers, and subscribers:

The auto-DM.

This simple tweet follows a “2-step” structure where you tease a piece of content (video, template, cheat sheet, checklist, etc) and then ask people to like, comment, or retweet to get it.

Here are some recent results from our last couple auto-DMs:

  • 1,041 RTs and 623 subscribers
  • 393 RTs and 187 subscribers
  • 936 RTs and 127 subscribers

All told, we’ve added 1,249+ subscribers to our list with this one type of tweet.

Now you can manually reply to all these people to deliver the content, of course…

But we prefer to use TweetHunter instead.


For one, it puts the “auto” in “auto-DM” — so you don’t have to do anything manual.

It’s got a ton of other features we love too, including:

– Tweet and thread scheduling

– Native image editor

– 2M+ viral tweet library to use for inspiration

– Auto-plugs and auto-retweets

– And a whole bunch more

Bottom line:

If you’re looking to grow your audience (and your business) on Twitter as quickly as possible…

TweetHunter is exactly what you need.

Click here to try TweetHunter for free

Podcast of the Day

Our CEO Dorothy Hollabaugh was on The Chris Harder Show yesterday talking about how to make an extra $500-$1,000+ per month freelancing.

Click below to check it out:

Episode #641: Bulletproofing Yourself By Becoming A Freelancer With Dorothy Hollabaugh, Co-Founder & CEO Of The Gig

Quote of the Day

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”

— Beverly Sills