Have you ever encountered a client who makes you question your life choices? Well, in the wild business world, some clients are more “monster” than “merry.” Let’s dive into the five types of monster clients you’d be wise to sidestep. Trust me, it’s better to be in the know than in the noose.
The Micromanager is the client who thinks they’re helping by dictating every minute detail of your work. They’re more involved in your process than you are. You’ll find them sending emails at odd hours, questioning every decision, and essentially doing your job for you (but not really). Dealing with them is like playing a never-ending game of ping-pong where you’re both the ball and the paddle.
The Bargain Hunter
Ah, the Bargain Hunter. This client is on a perpetual quest to haggle prices down to the bone. They’ll remind you of your cousin who spends hours at a flea market buying nothing. The Bargain Hunter sees your initial quote as a starting point for negotiations, not the carefully calculated figure you intended. Working with them often means compromising your worth, and let’s face it, you’re not a flea market find.
Ever tried having a conversation with a wall? That’s the Ghost for you. They’re enthusiastic at the start but soon become as elusive as a decent cup of coffee at a cheap diner. They don’t answer emails, miss meetings, and generally seem to exist in an alternate dimension. The Ghost makes completing projects harder than solving a Rubik’s Cube blindfolded.
The Volcano is all cool and composed until they’re not. They erupt over the smallest issues, spewing lava through angry emails and fiery phone calls. Their temper is as unpredictable as British weather. You’re never quite sure when the next eruption will occur, but you’re certain it will happen.
Finally, we have the Perfectionist. This client has an eye for detail that would put a microscope to shame. They want everything just so and then a bit more. The Perfectionist is never quite satisfied, always finding a flaw invisible to the naked eye. Working with them is like trying to cook a gourmet meal for a chef who has tasted every dish in the world.
So, there you have it – the five types of monster clients to avoid. But remember, not all clients fit neatly into these categories. The business world is a jungle, and it’s up to you to navigate it wisely. If you do come across these characters, don’t panic. Instead, learn to manage them, or better yet, learn to say no. After all, your sanity is worth more than any contract.
Ready to tackle your client list with a new perspective? Share your monster client stories or tips on handling them with me. And hey, if you need help sorting the gems from the ghouls, I’m just an email away. Let’s keep our businesses monster-free and thriving!