I will go a long way to try to qualify my clients before I take them on, if I can get a better (and sometimes more stable) business relationship afterwards. It is worth it, more often than not, I feel.
I tend to think that WP consultants who have not seriously reflected on when and how to fire clients simply have not been burned yet by ‘bad clients’.
So maybe it is unavoidable to get fired or having to fire. But what is avoidable is certainly having to relive it over and over again.
There seems to be a remarkably close relationship between what we sell, why we sell it and then to how we relate to people who help us sell.
Sometimes there are surprises, though, so take nothing for granted – esp. about other humans.
But be wary when its all about surface and big words and not so much about affecting others in positive ways.
I already know his type (much like my former employer when I was in the health sector):
He is a man who deep down cares mostly if not exclusively about himself. You can give all sorts of reasons – my kid, my ability to make money with other clients, my health, etc.
He will try to make it seem like he cares and then he will make demands again, or shrug off any reasonable arguments from my side that he should not abuse my time. He has already done so on a number of occasions since February. So now I know what I am dealing with.
Including my own feelings, I guess. But that makes for a stronger ability to make choices in my favor.
respect or not for initiative and courage – I just don’t resonate well with people who are only in it for the money.
So in a way I’m glad this prospective client called and made it clear he had wasted my time.
I want to make money by myself but in more joyful ways than I do now. It’s not about passive income over active income, although I once not so long ago deluded myself into believing that that was all it was about.
It’s about more joyful ways of making income. Of continually raising the bar.
That’s a new status quo worth fighting for. And one that might just this time make me keep fighting long enough until I get to it.