I recently attended the RGD's DesignThinkers Conference in Toronto and met many smart designers running very successful businesses. One common denominator is that they all seem to understand that what you need are "professional" clients, not amateurs.
I wanted to get some feedback — so I asked this question on the CFC Linkedin Group.
What are the qualities and characteristics of "professional" clients, besides the fact that they value your services and don't waste your time?
And here's what I found out:
Elle Steiner of MODA says, amateur clients "are the ones who pay less, complain more, and take more time than my 'professional' clients. There are often clues to indicate an 'amateur', but I find that when I don't under-sell myself, that is usually the best way to avoid this type of client."
Katie Calvert says, "I realize that I am working with an amateur when I become the "visual simulator" for my client's own ideas and thoughts. I've had clients who only seem to want me to do exactly what they have in their own head – I'm just there to catch their vision rather than give them a fresh and professional designer's approach."
What do you think? What are the characteristics of "professional" clients?