Someone who is just getting started with their business often agrees to work with any client who comes their way; if you are one of them, chances are you would accept their offer instantly if they employ you for expertise. However, not all clients are good; some of them may cause an emotional, mental, and even physical drain since these types of negative relationships tend to become contradictory to how it is supposed to be between you and your client. At some point, these clients outstrip their timelines and leave you repeating or editing your work constantly, catering to their demands.
If you’re going through this, sometimes it’s best to let go of those clients who are pulling you down and holding you back from you and your business to grow. How would you know if it’s time to move on without them? Here are some signs that you should take notice to know if your clients are bringing more problems than solutions:
We all have, at some point, heard of a client who contacts in the middle of the night with new ideas, those clients who act like you are their most committed and devoted employee, or those clients who expect you to save them, every time, with last-minute tasks.
We all have our own description of unreasonable and reasonable types of behavior and this becomes known when setting limits between professional and personal schedules. There are some consultants or freelance workers who don’t mind getting contact in the evening or even the weekends while others strictly keep the regular office hours. You need to decide on the limits that work for you and stick with these; if a client doesn’t respect these set boundaries then it’s a sign to find another client who does.
Despite your client always admonishing your work, deadlines, and budget, when you require any type of feedback, the client is unreachable and nowhere to be found. Although their lack of response may mean that they are busy rather than unhappy with your expertise, their unpredictability and inconsistency impacts your chances to schedule any future, possible work.It’s best to search for another contact that you can get instant or quick answers from; also, be clear and sharp that these setbacks will jeopardize their deadline.
ALL FOR NOTHING
We all negotiate; even those good clients do this to get the best deals available. However, if your client pushes too much about prices right from the beginning, consider this a red flag and watch out for them. These clients might continue to complain when it comes to payments and would ask for additional work that isn’t in range with your agreement. These clients may never understand the real importance of professional work so it’s better to search for other clients who will not be this way.
THEY DISREGARD YOUR OPINIONS
Remember, these clients hired you because they need you, however, some clients are indoctrinated that they’re smarter and more exceptional than you. This only leads to a horrible relationship, so if they rarely inquire for your opinion and never have faith or trust in your ideas, both parties will not be happy with the outcome of the task.
Clients who pay slowly disrupt the flow of cash into your business; they’re not people who want to cheat on you, they’re simply individuals who are too disorganized to remember when the time for proper payment is. If your client is notoriously and consistently late with payments, and you would need to remind them about it every time, then that is the time when you should move on and find another client who will pay right on time.
These clients have different reasons for being difficult, but remember that understanding their inhibitions doesn’t mean that you should tolerate them. Be patient and firm, but if you see that there isn’t anything that works to make the relationship work, it’s best to move on and find a client who will help you and your business grow.