Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. How to avoid client drama and bad breakups.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. How to avoid client drama and bad breakups.

Business relations have a tendency to be compared to any other kind of relationship but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The parallel pretty much stops at the fact that you’ll be interacting a lot with the same person. That’s it. Everything else is different, beginning from the way you interact up to the way you start and end the relationship. Let’s go over some key points to keep in mind when dealing with clients on a day-to-day basis.  1) Make sure you’re on the same page regarding the result. We’ve all heard the phrase “I know what I like when I see it”. See, that’s probably the worst way to start a business relation. Both parties want to jump-start the project and get things underway. A client may give you a vague description and some typical buzzwords like modern, hip, techy, minimal or retro. What you should always keep in mind is that these words may hold completely different meanings to you than to the client. Even more so if you’re working online and you and your client are from different continents. There’s a very high chance that your first draft will result in a client reaction saying it isn’t really what they had in mind and whether you could try again. This in turn will result in possible frustration on your side since you thought you had a good understanding of their wants and needs. A workaround for this problem is asking for examples. Whether they’re asking for a design, written content or photography, ask them to show you things they like and what the end...