A prospect (actually a couple) came to me and wanted to hire me to help with the SEO on their website. I gave them a proposal and we came to an agreement that I would do the work for them on the site for $700/month retainer plus 20% commissions on their sales.
Sounds good right?
I said no.
Why would I do that?
During the process before we signed the agreement, I realized working with these people would be a nightmare. They argued with the advice I gave them that they hadn’t even paid for yet. I have had experience with a couple of bad clients now and have learned that it is actually detrimental to my business to take on working with people like that. I not only don’t accomplish as much working on their sites, but it affects my work on other clients sites.
Moral: Be willing to cut bad people out of your business just like you would in your personal life.