Over the years, I’ve found that smooth, enjoyable work relationships start with defining expectations upfront. Below are my thoughts on what makes a great professional relationship. Read on to see if we’re “on the same page.” If so, please let me know. I’d love to contribute to your efforts!

I actively seek out ongoing, collaborative relationships with my clients. I value the relationships in my life and enjoy investing in people. So whether you’re family, a friend or a client (and yes, some clients have become friends), I like knowing what’s going on with you, your business and the things that interest you, if you choose to share them.

Trust is a key ingredient for any successful relationship. I want you to confidently hand projects to me knowing they’ll be done correctly and on-time. I know how to get up-to-speed quickly in order to become a reliable member of your team.

Speaking of teams, working as a team includes being responsive and decisive. That means we’re both committed to hitting deadlines (yours and mine) and making timely decisions to keep writing projects on track.

My clients and I are big fans of brainstorming innovative solutions. If you’re open to tossing around a few ideas that could lead to big results, we’ll have an enjoyable time working together.

I work virtually with my clients, even the local ones. Sure, I’m available for in-person meetings but let’s be honest: Don’t you generally find it easier to just call or email?

In addition to the phone and email, you can generally find me on Skype during business hours. We can have a quick chat or, if you need to see my bright, smiling face in a meeting, we can teleconference via webcam.

I view a sense of humor as a prerequisite to our relationship. I don’t know about you, but I like having fun when I work. That’s one of the main reasons I started my writing business in 1999. I work with quality clients who are committed to the task-at-hand but who also laugh easily and often…even when deadlines are tight.