These people will be nightmare clients, guaranteed.

Start by raising your expectations.

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If the conversation starts with “how much”…

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If you get unscheduled calls at all times of the day and night …

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If they ask you to work for free first …

Just for giggles, have a look at this video to see how ridiculous it is to ask people to work for free.

If a prospect goes AWOL during the negotiation process …

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If they think they know better than you …

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If they can’t give you a clear brief …

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In conclusion …

Detecting a nightmare client in advance is tricky. They come in so many shapes and sizes. But the longer you’re in business, the better you’ll get a recognising them.

  • They respect your time and expertise.
  • They know your worth and will never tell you that someone down the road can do it cheaper.
  • They’re organised and can plan (especially when it comes to paying you!)
  • They know why they’re hiring you and can clearly define the results they want.



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Mike Garner

Mike Garner

Copywriter, London exile interested in human communication and targeting your ideal client. Lived in France 20 years. Get emails at