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Fire your client.

You know that one client you wish you didn't have?

The one who makes you cringe every time you pick up your ringing phone and see their name on the caller ID.

The one who reminds you that nothing you do is ever right. That no product you provide is ever adequate. No service you've spent your professional career developing and perfecting is ever acceptable. And no matter what you do, it's not good enough.

C'mon. You can admit it. You know that client. Every business has one.

98% of the people you do business with think you are the greatest thing since the invention of sliced bread.

98% of your clients are grateful, gracious, and agreeable.

But this client requires more time and attention than all of your other clients put together. And even after you do everything you can to please them, they question your charges or maybe threaten you with bad .

You spend at least 50% of your time and 80% of your emotional well-being talking to, thinking about, and trying to make things right for this one unbearable client who makes up less than 2% of your income.

Fire your client.

Just like you would advise a loved one to get out of an abusive relationship, it's time to care about yourself enough to make the call.

“It's just not working out.”

“It's just not a good fit.”

“I wish you every .”

Or, as Billy Crystal says in The Princess Bride, “Have storming the castle!”

In other words, it's time to fire them. Or, as George Strait sang,

“Goodbye, farewell, so long, vaya con Dios,

Good , wish you well, take it slow, easy come, girl, easy  go.”

Yeah, I know, he was singing about a love interest and we're talking about a client. But still…

What are you worried about? Worried that they'll say something terrible about you and your company?

When you consider what they've said to your face, you know they're saying bad things about you and your business already.

Firing them can't make the situation worse.

But it can make it go away.

And it can make your professional and personal life so much better.

Fire your client.

Just think of what you can do with all the time you'll save. Think about what productive good you could do by applying yourself to satisfying your good clients and maybe even finding some new ones.

Think about the fresh , increased enthusiasm, and clearer head you'll have when you don't have to put up with people you don't like doing business with.

It's easy to get all those things…

All you have to do is fire your client.

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