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How to Deal With Difficult Clients

Talk candidly with any business owner and they will likely have a view of clients somewhere along the lines of “cannot live with them, cannot live without them.” It is true that clients are the lifeblood of many businesses, but that does not mean that the relationship between each side is always a smooth one.

Are you struggling with a particularly difficult client? Here are some things you can try that might help:

Consider your approach

Sometimes what you say is not always as important as how you say it. When trying to smooth over any conflict, the remedy is always important, but how you present it can also make a major difference. Think about your past dealings with this client, what did and did not work, and go from there.

Think about your reputation

There are no doubt some clients who you would like to tear strip off of, but think about the possible repercussions of such a drastic action. If you go scorched-earth on someone, it can prompt them to badmouth you throughout your industry. That can lead to serious reputation problems and possible loss of business. Think seriously about whether it is worth it; chances are, it is not. Take it was a learning experience and move on.

Make sure you do the homework

When trying to work out a situation, make sure you take the time to have all of the details and know them inside and out. The fact that you are being this thorough demonstrates to the client that you care about their business and are sincere about fixing the situation.

Admit your mistakes

If the problem arose from a mistake on your end, it is important to own up to it. Trying to fob the blame off on the client will just make the situation even worse and possibly irreparable.