How to Avoid Bad Clients: The Dos and Don’ts

As a business owner, you know that it’s important to avoid bad clients. These are the clients who cause drama, are never happy, and never pay on time. Not only can they be a headache, but they can also damage your business reputation. You don’t want to end up onboarding an annoying client or even worse saying to yourself “I hate my client”.

In this blog post, we will discuss the dos and don’ts of avoiding and dealing with bad clients.

Follow these tips and you’ll be able to screen out the bad ones before they even have a chance to hurt your business!

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My story About My First Bad Client

I was new as a social media manager, and I needed a client. Any client.  I was getting antsy and needed to start pounding the pavement. So, when I saw the job posting online, I immediately applied. The company seemed legit and the pay was good. They even agreed to pay me upfront so I could get started right away.

I was over the moon when they called me to tell me that I got the job. They wanted me to start working on the project that week! I was so excited that my first project was going to be such a big one.

But then things started to go wrong. The client was always changing their mind about what they wanted. They were never happy with my work and would nitpick every little detail. I quickly realized that this was not going to be a good working relationship. My nerves were constantly shot because of this client and I spent more time arguing with them than actually working on the project.

In the end, I ended up quitting the project and losing out on all that money I was paid upfront. This experience taught me a valuable lesson: never take the first client that comes your way. You need to be selective and make sure that you’re working with someone who is going to be a good fit for you and your business.

It’s hard to say for sure, but one thing is for sure: you don’t want to gamble your career on the first client that comes your way. Your first client might set the tone for the rest of your career.

You need to be picky and make sure you’re working with someone who is going to be a good partner, someone who is going to help you grow and learn in your field. So take your time, choose your clients wisely and find the right ones for you – it will be worth it in the end, because you want to start your career off on the right foot!

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How to avoid bad clients

The phone rings. It’s a potential client and they want to know if you can do some work for them. You’re excited because this could be your big break.

But before you say yes, there are a few things you need to consider:

A good client is someone who is respectful, communicative, and understanding. They will be patient with your process and work with you to create the best possible outcome for both of you. 

On the other hand, a bad client is someone who is disrespectful, unresponsive, and excessively demanding. They often do not understand or care about the creative process, and only care about their own agenda. 

First, take a look at their website. Do they have a portfolio? If not, that can be a potential red flag. A good client will have examples of their work to show you. If they can’t even bother to put up a website, what does that say about their attitude towards their business?

Another thing to look for is testimonials from previous clients. If the client has nothing but good things to say about them, that’s great! But if there are any negative reviews, that’s a sign that you might want to stay away.

You should also take a look at their budget. A good client will be willing to pay what you’re worth. If the budget is too low, it might be because they’re trying to pinch pennies or they might not be able to pay on time. Neither of those scenarios are good for you as a freelancer.

Choosing to only work with high-ticket clients may limit the number of clients you work with, but it’s important to remember that quality is better than quantity. It’s better to have a few good clients who are willing to pay you what you’re worth than a bunch of bad clients who will only cause you headaches.

Finally, trust your gut. If something feels off about the client, it probably is. Go with your intuition and you’ll avoid a lot of headaches down the road.

You can read more about client red flags and what to watch out for in this blog post.

How to know if a client is right for you?

So what are the signs of a toxic client and how do you know if the client is right for you? The easiest way is to ask them some questions. a discovery call can be a great way to get to know them better and see if they’re a good fit. Here are some questions you can ask:

Ask about their business, what they’re hoping to achieve with the project, and what their budget is.

Here are some examples of questions you can ask:

– What is your budget?

– What is your timeline?

– What are your expectations?

– What is your design style?

– Do you have any examples of work you like?

Asking these questions will give you a good idea of what the client is looking for and if they’re willing to pay what you’re worth. If they’re not, then it’s probably best to move on.

If they can’t answer any of those questions or if they seem hesitant, that’s another red flag.

Overall, there are a few things to look for when deciding whether or not to work with a client.

If they have a good portfolio, positive testimonials, and are willing to pay what you’re worth, then chances are they’re a good client. But if they don’t have any of those things or if their budget is too low, it’s best to steer clear.

When it comes to bad clients, it’s best to just say no. They’re not worth your time or energy! Do yourself a favor and avoid them at all costs. Your career will thank you for it.

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How To Deal With bad clients?

So now you might wonder, “How do you deal with bad clients?”

If you find yourself in a situation where you’re working with a bad client, the best thing you can do is to communicate with them. Explain your process and what you need from them in order to produce the best work possible.

If they’re still not cooperative, it might be time to walk away from the project. It’s not worth your time and energy to work with someone who doesn’t respect you or your work.

Make sure to have a contract in place before you start working with any client. The contract can help outline the scope of work and protect you if the client decides to not pay or if they’re unhappy with the work.

We have client contracts for social media managers and pinterest managers in our shop.

How to fire a bad client?

If you’ve tried communicating with the client and they’re still not cooperating, it might be time to fire them.

The best way to do this is to send them a polite email explaining that you’re terminating the relationship and why. Be sure to include a link to your contract so they can see that you’re within your rights to do so.

Firing a client can be difficult, but it’s sometimes necessary in order to protect your business. Don’t be afraid to do what’s best for you and your career!

In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether or not to work with a particular client. But if you follow these guidelines, you should be able to avoid bad clients and find the right ones for you!

In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether or not to work with a particular client. But if you follow these guidelines, you should be able to avoid bad clients and find the right ones for you!


Bad clients are frustrating, stressful, and a waste of time. But with these tips, you can avoid them altogether! Just remember to look for positive testimonials, a good portfolio, and a willingness to pay what you’re worth. And if something feels off about the client, trust your gut and walk away.

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