Jumping in here today to talk about something that, we believe, is pretttty important if you run your own business (or would like to) and that is… Nightmare clients.
Sometimes, your financial situation dictates whether or not you take on a job or client. That’s just the reality of building your own business. We get it, we’ve been there – multiple times. Our guess is that everyone has.
In fact, saying yes to anything and everything is kinda an entrepreneurship rite of passage and it will serve you well, at least in the beginning. It’s the perfect strategy for gaining valuable experience as well as developing an understanding of how you want to operate as a business owner and most importantly, who you want to operate with.
(& who you really don’t!)
However, no matter where you are in your business journey, if you do have some wiggle room, financially speaking… Catching the early warning signs of a nightmare client and listening to your gut instinct, before signing on the dotted line, really is an act of self-love above all others.
Especially right now when, after two years of pandemic, with energy running low, there’s more than enough to deal with, thank you not at all 2020 / 2021.
Turning down a project is a ballsy move, for sure but remember WHY you got into business in the first place. It was likely, at least in part, to be able to make decisions that felt most aligned for you.
Also, we’re firm believers that the Universe (or whichever higher power that you believe in) is always listening. You turn down a nightmare client or a project that’s a bad fit and you’re simply making room for one that fits perfectly!
You also guarantee that you have the time and mental energy available for all of the clients you do have, leading to a better experience for them, leading to referrals and glowing reviews.
Have you ever had to deal with a nightmare client? If so, what do you wish you’d done differently?