Well, almost all of them. Which is why I have made a list of clients that have been trouble and a source of grief in the past. These are the clients who fight me tooth and nail on every penny outlined on a proposal, or the ones who like to art direct and have a hard time letting me do my job as a creative provider. There is also the client that likes taking an invoice 120 days out before deciding to pay.
Time to go. I’ll be weeding these folks out this year as I add new.
This is a tough decision and not one that should be made in haste or with emotion. It has to be a business decision based on the numbers. I consider my relationship with each client and decide if the issue is in fact them at all.
There are times when I failed to control the situation or educate the client properly. These folks will get another chance. The others, it’s been nice and thanks for your business but I have bills to pay. In the end I’m going to make room for a higher end client that values what I do and make sure I do all I can to keep them.
BTW: This is a short excerpt from a longer post on my blog about how I can take the strength I used to get in shape (and lose 54 lbs) in 2010 and apply it to a makeover of my business. Read the rest here.