Burt and Ernie.  Batman and Robin.  Hall and Oates.  Good partners can make a successful enterprise.  Bad pairings can be awkward at best. 

A writer often “pairs” with a client in order to complete a project.  A good rapport can mean a smooth process and satisfying end product for all concerned.  It means positive communication, openness to feedback and a clear strategy set forth from the beginning.  The end product meets expectations and the good work results in future collaboration. 

A bad partnership with a client is often one that begins with an unclear path.  Perhaps a referral by a friend makes talking details awkward so expectations are not set properly.   Then there is dissatisfaction with the final product because both sides were not completely up front from the start.  Maybe the client feels that, because they didn’t get exactly what they wanted, they have overpaid and issues over payment come into play.

Asking the right questions from the beginning and being upfront with the project details and working process is the best way to avoid negative situations.  Also, getting feedback and approval at every step of the process ensures that the project does not go off course.  Finally, if things do go sour, meeting with the client and understanding what went wrong prevents future mishaps and shows the client that you are still a conscientious partner.