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Walking Away

updated 2022-01-24
No amount of money is worth your sanity and respect. Too often Solopreneurs feel like we are “too small” to turn away clients and money. This is something we have got to stop – immediately. Learn why I had to do this myself and how I got it done!
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When I first launched Bklyn Custom Designs I wanted to help everyone – no matter what.

I quickly realized how wrong I was to launch my business with that mindset. Not only did I do myself an injustice, I misled others, in particular, my clients.

I misled them by allowing them to think they could treat me in any fashion and I would jump to make shyt happen at any cost – even my self-care & financial stability.

I felt that all I did would lead them to “realizing” how valuable my company and I were to helping them launch their websites and retain their online business presence.

This was surely NOT the case.

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Creating The Opportunity For Disrespect

I messed up.

Not only did my team and I not get respect for doing what we were hired to do, and being amazing at it (we know our shyt!), but we were made to feel like we did the client wrong when we set boundaries.

Based of this behavior displayed by three different clients, I had to put an end to two abusive business relationships (the other was placed on notice) and I never looked back.

Trying to do the most in the wrong way was detrimental – to me and my clients. Here are a few examples I learned from that allowed me to know when to ditch the situation & secure my piece of mind.

Quick Examples on When & How to Ditch A Bad Acting Client

The Disregarder

This type of client will text, call, and email randomly and at all hours of the day with scattered and incomplete information. They feel that you should not only work with no clear direction from them, but do it on the fly and in the blink of an eye to turn their indecision into golden opportunities of instant successes for them.

Not only is this unfair, this disregards your time with other clients, your personal life, and you as a professional. To continuously disregard how you want to be contacted, and when is beyond disrespectful and always leads me to wonder, how they accept their clients/customers to contact them? Are they going through the same thing and assume this should be the way for everyone? Or are they simply doing this because they feel they have access to you can they can abuse it.

Start to be clear and hold strong on your boundaries on when clients can contact you and when they absolutely cannot. There is nothing wrong with saying “no” and holding on to your boundaries.

The Empty-Handed

Another client wanted me to take air and turn it into a tangible brand with a functioning business attached, while they failed time and time again to provide their own business information and assets so that my team and I could accomplish the goals we helped set.

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The Taker

Another client attempted to set up a one-sided barter agreement where they would receive a multi-faceted website, a store, an email campaign, and incorporate video components to their website, but believed they would set the worth of the amount of work it would take to implement it all.

Oh, did I mention that they had no products for their store and no idea of what they wanted in terms of functionality? Their list grew as long as Route 66 in Arizona, and they expected I to accept what they said. Umm, hell no boo. To this day, that client still has no website or store…

The cheap comes out expensive and bullshit walks…

These three clients created the perfect storm of chaos, confusion, and disrespect.

The Rundown

I knew that I needed to walk away from them all, and I had to do it quickly.

I'll break down all three experiences in a new series so that you can get a clearer understanding that if you should ever meet clients from hell like the three I had, you can plan your escape route out of that disaster!

Check back soon!

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Hi! My name is Charlene & I love helping six-figure Women Entrepreneurs get beyond the tech to align their websites to their businesses for increased conversions, profitability, sustainability, & and growth.
I remove tech strategy frustration so you don’t worry about missing conversion opportunities & focus on what you love most about your businesses while supporting your Level Up.

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