What to do when a client ends a freelancing relationship

Juan Cruz Martinez
6 min readApr 12, 2023

We’ve all been there.

One of the most difficult aspects of working as a freelancer is when a client ends the relationship.

It’s personal because you’ve invested so much time and energy into working with them.

Whether it’s a long-term client whom you’ve worked with for years, or a brand new account that you looked to build a relationship and trust with, ending a client relationship can be both emotionally and professionally taxing.

Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to handling client break-ups, there are a few key things to keep in mind so that you don’t let it derail your freelancing journey.

Here are four essential things to keep in mind when a client ends a relationship.

1. Don’t Burn Bridges

Not all client break-ups are amicable or go smoothly.

You may be tempted to react unprofessionally, especially if a client ends the relationship abruptly or rudely.

But even if you are disappointed or hurt by the end of the relationship, keep your emotions in check and take the high road.

Professionalism and respect should always be your main focus, and this is especially important when parting ways…



Juan Cruz Martinez

I stream, blog, and make youtube videos about tech stuff. I love coding, I love React, and I love building stuff!