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Recognizing and Avoiding Bad Clients

Ruslan Galba - September 3, 2019 - 0 comments

Recognizing and Avoiding Bad Clients

Identifying Bad Clients 🔥

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There is a number to ‘types’ of clients out there, these ones are my favorite to try and avoid when all possible.

The Haggler

This type of client is specifically annoying. If you priced your services in line with fair market value, and you know what your competitors would charge for similar work, don’t settle.

There will always be someone willing to do it cheaper. Unless you’re charging some jacked-up rate, you should probably save yourself some aggravation and move on. Andy Frisella said it best when he said: «I’m not the cheapest, but I’m the fucking best».

Move along.

The Flake

This type of client will want to set up discovery calls, go over details, text you for quick little advice, but for some reason, they always have to reschedule or finds an excuse to why they can’t hold onto a meeting (especially around pricing or invoicing).

Work with them if you’re in a pinch, but don’t count on anything being approved or paid on time.

The Micromanager

This type of client loves to tell you how to do your job. Why did they hire you again? Your ideas are useless unless the client thinks they came up with them. They love to nitpick about your suggestions on color or placement or logo concepts; even when they don’t have the expertise in the field.

Also, expect to ramp up your communication with them 2-3x to make up for their lack of understanding.

The Underminer

This client will always find some way to knock you down a peg or two, yet overstate their own accomplishments. Everything is easy to accomplish and takes little time or resources.

This client doesn’t understand the value that you bring to the table and will likely end in an ugly divorce where your work is perceived to be meaningless.

Don’t bother trying to work with these types. They are the one that expects a complete web design and development project for $50 because they heard someone on Fiverr could do it for that price. No thanks.

So after you avoid bad clients and define client you want, this tools may be helpful for your future work:

Notion – all-in-one workspace for note-taking, project management and task management. 

Funnelytics – an incredible tool that helps you build the best marketing funnel mapping.

Webflow – all-in-one web design tool that allows users to design, build, and launch responsive websites visually.

Did you get caught up by one? Know how to avoid it? Tell your story in the comments ⬇️

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