Saturday, April 11, 2009

Ending A Client-Relationship

Recently, a friend of mine told me this story:

Many years ago, they made friends with a family who shared similar interests with them. Their children played together and they had some really great evenings sipping beer, grilling meats and swapping stories. But recently, when they went over, for the first time ever they were really bored- the conversation was stilted and the jokes, stale. Even the children seem to have moved onto different paths and while they still played together, you could see that it wouldn't be long before they stopped!

My friend was sad and it's true; there is an overwhelming feeling of loss when it comes to saying goodbye to old friends. But at the same time, when a relationship comes to an end, it's in your best interest to move on.

The same theory applies to clients. Sometimes, we have clients who are almost like long-familiar friends. We know the inns and outs of their projects and can almost anticipate their next request. But what happens when you begin to stagnate on a particular project? Perhaps it loses its challenge. Perhaps you are still being paid your '10 years ago' negotiated rates. Perhaps it's time to move on. The number one rule if you do think of moving off a project is this- NEVER ever leave a client in the lurch. Always make alternative arrangements to their satisfaction. Either give ample notice or find a replacement that they are happy with. And then close your eyes, take a deep breath and plunge on to newer and unexplored ventures!

Happy writing!

© 2009 Usha Krishnan Sliva
Freelance writer Usha Krishnan Sliva has years of article and copywriting experience. To get more free tips and writing ideas, subscribe to her ezine-Getting It Write, today.

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