When It’s Time to Swipe Left on a Client: The Break-Up Guide:

Ever felt like you’re in a dodgy relationship, but instead of a university fling, it’s with a client? Sometimes, a proper send-off is the best move forward, and let’s be honest, sometimes, it’s not you… it’s absolutely them. 😉

Why You Might Fancy A Break-Up

We’ve all been there. The honeymoon phase wraps up, and now you’re spotting some blatant red flags. Here’s a hint on when it’s time to unmatch:

They’re Clock Snatchers

If you find your hours dwindling away faster than your tea gets cold, it’s time to reconsider. Endless meetings, perpetually shifting ideas, or dragging their feet on feedback? Tools like Harvest can show if they’re stretching your patience a bit too thin.

Your Purse Feels A Bit Light

Relationships should be a two-way street. If you’re pouring in effort and the returns are, well, rubbish, perhaps it’s time for a financial heart-to-heart.

Payments Seem to Go on Holiday

A tardy payment now and then can be overlooked, especially if they’re just starting out. But if you’re always on the hunt chasing down payments, ponder if they genuinely value the partnership.

Fickle as the Weather

A client with constant changes in direction is like a mate who can’t pick a pub. Continuous flip-flopping might mean they’re a bit lost internally. And you shouldn’t be left holding the bag.

They’ve Gone All Cheeky

Listen up, nobody gets to ruffle your team’s feathers. If your lot feels belittled or brushed off, it’s time to don the protective hat.

Breaking Up Without the Fuss

So, you’ve had your fill and decided it’s time for a change. How do you part ways without causing a kerfuffle?

Check the Contract

Before declaring, “It’s not me, it’s you,” ensure you’re on solid legal ground. Peruse that contract and aim to part ways at its conclusion.

Tie Up Loose Ends

Maintain that British professionalism. See through ongoing projects, ensuring you’re still giving it your best until the final curtain.

Plan Your Departure

Ghosting might fly in the dating world (though, arguably not), but certainly not here. Prep your key reasons, and maybe even have a run-through of your “breakup speech.”

Clear as Crystal

Be it face-to-face or via email, be direct and steadfast. It’s a bit like pulling off a plaster. And, tip your hat by recommending other businesses they could liaise with – it’s the British thing to do.

In the end, just as in relationships, sometimes you must bid adieu for greener pastures. By recognising the signs early and bowing out gracefully, you ensure your company’s sterling reputation remains polished. So here’s to finding clients that truly appreciate your worth! 🍻🇬🇧

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