Pro Tip: Teach people how to treat you
This is a horror story with a happy ending. It goes like this:
People used to tell me about their awful client experiences – how their clients were rude, rarely paid them on time, etc. I’d look at them with naïve disbelief. Surely there weren’t clients like that out there??! Mine were all amazing.
𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐝. 𝐈 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐑𝐢𝐜𝐤* 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐜𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐭.
*𝘕𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵-𝘴𝘰-𝘪𝘯𝘯𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵.
Within the first couple of days, Rick called me about 15 times. He was loud, demanding, and clearly didn’t value my time. My gut told me to run FAST the other way, but I figured, “Well, it’s always good to take on new clients.”
No … No, it isn’t.
𝐍𝐄𝗪 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬𝐧’𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐰𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐆𝐎𝐎𝐃.
This is the only time I ever had to cut my losses and kindly say “thanks but no thanks” to a client. No matter how much money I would’ve made, it just wasn’t worth the agony. It was a great reminder to cherish my existing clients AND my time.
𝐈 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫:
~ serving your clients/consumers should always be a priority, but …
~ It shouldn’t come at the expense of your dignity.
If you’re in a service-based business like I am, remember that 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 great clients is just as important as attracting them.
Can I get an AMEN? 🙂