The kind of clients we all have experienced

Team WOWRAL Jun 11, 2016

Don't tell us that you haven't met them!

"There ain't no such thing as a free lunch"

Perhaps this was the most often repeated line I ever heard in my management studies. But I guess that after all these years of being in the entrepreneurial segment I have learned that this is not so true. The client will suck off your skills, your talent, your time and some of your blood in the mean time as well. They need designs, the need work, they need time, they need it fast, they need it yellow, they need it green, they need it spacious, they need everything! Every everything. And the money is peanuts.

So here I try and remember all the kinds of clients I have met. Some appalled, some appeased, some made me happy and some gave me goosebumps.

1. The miser one

1. The miser one

This one wants to get all the work done in free or the minimum amount possible. No matter how you acquaint him with or what kind of work, he is the stingiest person you will ever come across. Your skills are common for him and found in every gully. Huh!

Befitting reply: Sir, please find that person who does it for free. We will outsource our work too.

2. The my work first one

2. The my work first one

No matter how many projects you have lined up or already doing them, this one will have the haste of catching a train to nowhere and will push you to the maximum to get his project delivered. Finish off your first meeting and his calls start buzzing your phone every now and then and do not stop till the time you deliver the project or his work. Only if they were this prompt in payments as well. Sigh!

Befitting reply: Sir, quality takes time.

3.The rude one

3.The rude one

Ever net anyone who has met you for the first time and with no backdrop or past is absolutely disgustingly rude to the optimum level? Why would someone do it? Just imagine going to a person for a meeting, preparing well and then he simply refuses to see your presentation or what so ever and talks about all that he wants! Ahh! Need some ice water to gulp down the anger.

Befitting reply: Sir, gratitude and kindness are the only things we expect.

4. The sugarcoated one

4. The sugarcoated one

DO NOT FALL FOR HIS WORDS. I repeat, do ever not. He will be the sweetest, nicest, offer you food (yay!), comfort and what not but don't fall for the trap. He is going to be one horrific client who will even appear in your dreams and snatch your calmness. He will make you meet more people or rather connections who promise to give you more work and in no time you are completely into his web of cruelty. God save you.

Befitting reply: Sir, let us first complete the work. The drinks aren't running away. (The drinks can be compensated for a peaceful sleep!)

5. The flaunty one

5. The flaunty one

He has everything. He showcases that he is just being generous offering you some work, you silly guy. His work was attempted by a number of people earlier but no one came close enough to satisfy him. You have not made him happy but he will adjust. Talk about humility! Huh!

Befitting reply: Sir, if no one else could, we would not be able to as well. Keep your work to yourself. (Don't forget to smile!)

6. The curious one

6. The curious one

He knows nothing about what you so but will have a zillion questions about every little segment. How, when, what, why are his favorite questions and he will not be taken for a ride. Even if you have to explain 10 times, he will not fudge. It is better to give every piece of information you have. It is like going through your college days again and writing your exams.

Befitting reply: Sir let us record this conversation as we speak so that you can listen to it again and again and again and again.

7. The breaker one

7. The breaker one

He breaks you. Your confidence, your abilities, your morals, your strengths, everything. Not listening, shouting and interrupting are his best qualities and he rarely cares about how and what you feel. he is not even probably going to give work but will make sure that takes out all the information he can and do it on his own or with cheap versions of you. Stay away!

Befitting reply: None. The moment it starts to get worse, leave! And no need of smiling here.

So how many of these you have encountered? Or even worse? Do write!

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