Spotting Problem Clients Rant!
Often people ask me 'how do you spot problem clients', well, I want to give you all my experiences to help other spot them before the come.
It all has to do with your gut feeling from your initial emails. If you feel that the client is way too demanding from his/her initial email correspondence then it's likely to be a problematic client.
Selective memory is also an issue. There is no such thing as a stupid client, they are all pretty wise to know they need a website. It's just sometimes they play stupid, or better yet select things they prefer or it's within their interest to remember.
The biggest issue with any client is of course the unsettled invoices. Some clients pay them instantly other's wait for months. Some just won't settle them because they don't feel they have to. This would tie into the selective member and choosing not to take on-board what you've told them about your industry.
It's all about selecting the right customer, you'd regret it if you choose to take on a wrong client, as in the end they would almost always leave or be fired due to unsettled invoices.