the 6 clients that deserve a NO from you

It is without any hesitation that I tell you to say NO! {or no f*cking way!} to the following types of clients:

  1. the ‘client’ that is late for your first meeting – your time is extremely valuable if they don’t believe that before they meet with you, they never will.
  2. the ‘client’ that wants to meet for coffee a second, third, fourth or fifth time to discuss business, but never formally engages you for work – to be blunt: they are working with you already but for free or for the price of a cup of coffee. Is that what you’re worth? No, not at all. Do not give away your time + knowledge without a strategy or an invoice.
  3. the ‘client’ that questions or doubts your expertise all the time – yes it’s true, you cannot possibly know everything however, you can have some confidence in what you do know, combined with your experience, your willingness to keep learning + your passion for your work. This “feedback” usually leads to a conversation about how much you charge + why they want to pay you less. Never let a client negotiate your worth!
  4. the ‘client’ that does not pay you – listen, this should be obvious but if not, let me remind you: if your client is not paying you, then you are paying your client. That’s what’s up. You are not running a charity, you are running a business. Honour yourself accordingly.
  5. the ‘client’ that tries to cut you out – depending on the kind of work you do, you might be the middleman, the first time a client attempts to go direct – cut him off at the knees {not literally but you know what I mean}. Don’t hide from it either; you must confront it directly +  then move on. I know this is difficult, but the minute it gets out that you’re not necessary, your business is over. For real.
  6. the ‘client’ that’s just a jerk – for every awful client, there are about 3 amazing clients; too often we only see what’s right in front of us + this is where self-trust has to come in. You either see the world through a lens of scarcity or a lens of abundance. Scarcity tells you that the awful client may be all you have, but abundance tells you that it’s a good idea to leave space for better clients to come. For abundance to flow, you have to live through your vision + not through your circumstance.

In summary, the minute you feel that doubt, deep in your gut about a person, a deal, a contract or a business opportunity – listen to yourself + say no.

Alicia.

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