Knowing that someone wants to hire you and knowing that you are going to get more money are great feelings. However, your business strategies should include rejections as well. Sometimes, there may be situations that require you to say no in order to reduce stress and overload. Please keep in mind that we are not recommending that you tighten this business strategy and use a filtering mechanism for clients. More often than not, accepting the work is suggested but once in a while you’ll find a client who isn’t worth the hard work.
To make our point clearer we have a few situations that deserve a no:
The Client Has Unrealistic Deadlines
Some clients do not understand that you are not running a business solely for them. You have many other aspects to take care of and the project/order requires a particular amount of time to be seen through to the dot. You may not have the resources or the deadlines may just be impractical. If you say yes to such a client, you will probably not be able to do a good job because you are stressed for time. The client will be unhappy and your reputation will suffer.
The Client Is VERY Difficult To Work With
There’s no sweet way to say this: some clients can really be jerks. If a potential client is already driving you mad, you can imagine what you’ll go through if you accept the order. So, don’t.
The Project Or Order May Take Up Too Much Of Your Time
You have budgeted time, of course. Dedicating a little more such as 10 or 25 percent to a particular project is fine. But if you foresee that the project requires about 150% more time than you can afford or have budgeted, it is not worth it.
The Client Comes At An Opportunity Cost
Taking one project up may affect another more money-spinning one. A project may be a lucrative one in itself but it may not be related to your core services or strengths. Don’t let money be the sole factor here. Think about what’s at hand and what you might stand to compromise on before making a decision.
Have you ever rejected a client? If yes, on what grounds?
Sometimes, it is in the best interest of your business strategies to say no to a prospective client. The reasons may be varied such as tight deadlines and time suck. This is where your business leadership skills are truly tested. Make an informed decision so that a client does not be burden.
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