How to deal with clients who take advantage of you
As entrepreneurs, we are dedicated. Right??
Go-getters. Driven (in a good way), willing to serve our clients and give more value than others.
And at the beginning, we’ll often be (overly) accommodating to prospects and clients to get them in the door, and we’ll do whatever it takes to please them so that they sign up and stay.
And hallelujah! It actually works!
This type of bending-over-backwards gets them in the door; they refer people and they stay. It’s wonderful (at first).
But then, after a while, you begin to resent being so “flexible” and “accommodating,” and unbeknownst to the client(s), the relationship begins to feel toxic to you.
So, what do you do in these types of one-sided client relationships?? Click on the video below for the answer and to watch my new strategy:
Listen, I get it. It’s a conundrum.
On one hand, something’s gotta change. This level of “service” is just not sustainable and prevents you from growing your business and keeping your sanity.
On the other hand, expressing your resentment or making changes could mean losing those clients. And you don’t want THAT!
The elegant answer to your great-client-turned-toxic-client issue is in today’s 5-minute strategy video.
In it, I share with you the story of one of our Client Attraction Business School students, “John,” who felt like he was at the beck and call of all of his clients, continually bending over backwards at all hours of the day and night.
He felt trapped in his business, and wondered if he should throw in the towel and give it all up.
You’ll get to hear exactly what we did (and what you can do too) to set some boundaries with those clients and graciously stop people pleasing, for good.
The good news is that even if you are experiencing this right now, even if you are stuck in a cycle of being constantly present for your clients, I’m here to tell you that you can make a change. It’s not too late to take back control of your business!
After watching today’s strategy video, please share with me in the comments:
What have you allowed clients to do to you that you no longer find acceptable and how will you change that?
This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart, so I am super eager to read your comments and love you up!
Sending you lots of hugs,
p.s. Hey, do you know of an established entrepreneur who is answering emails on Saturdays and Sundays, getting phone calls and messages from clients at 10:30 or 11pm, and who sacrifices their personal time just to keep their clients happy? Please send them this blog with love and let’s help them make some changes, OK? Thanks so much for being so awesome. You rock. xoxo