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3 new client red flags for service providers

It’s important to be aware of new client red flags before they book with you, so you can decide how to move forward with them, address situations head-on, (or avoid booking with them at all).

Have you ever had a conversation with a potential client that just felt a little… off? Maybe you couldn’t put your finger on why or if it was anything to be worried about, but something threw up a red flag for you and now you’re wondering how to proceed.

Because not all red flags are the same. Some require caution, while others should make you run far away πŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸƒπŸ»β€β™€οΈ

3 types of new client red flags to be aware of

1. Mild new client red flags 🚩

These could be nothing, but it’s good to be aware of them as you work with this client.

Some milder forms of red flags could be someone stating they’re looking for a “rockstar,” “hustler,” or a “grinder,” or reaching out to you in a huge rush and then taking forever to respond. You could chalk these up to personality, or it could be a warning sign of someone who doesn’t respect your time or has unrealistic expectations.

2. Medium red flags 🚩🚩

Medium red flags are things you might want to address if you decide to move forward with this client… or maybe you decide it’s not worth it to take them on at all.

If a client asks you what will happen if they miss a payment, they ask you for a discount, or they push you on your timeline of how you work, these are all signs that you should mentally prepare yourself that things could go awry with them later on.

3. Hot red flags (aka deal breakers!) 🚩🚩🚩

These are the run-away-quickly, immediate deal-breakers to watch out for. Things like asking for deliverables before a final payment is made, refusing to sign a contract, or insisting on paying you through means you don’t accept are big “no no’s”.

It’s best to respectfully decline these inquiries early on to protect yourself and your business. Tune in to ​Episode 8 of Skilled and Fulfilled​ for a breakdown of how to do that.

I share signs that a client might be difficult to work with or might not be a good personality fit, the worst red flags potential clients can give that you should run away from, and how to tell a client you don’t want to work with them.

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