I’m getting divorced….from a client. When I begin working with a new client, we get engaged with an official engagement letter. Occasionally, I have to get divorced. Its happening today. It’s the first time in a long time that I’ve had bite the bullet and send out the divorce decree.
I’m a firm believer that every client is not a good client. As such, I take time to make sure I feel good about the clients I work with. It’s all about fit. So, I interview new clients as much as they interview me. I want to be a partner with them and I can only partner with people and businesses that I feel are the best fit with my skill and personality.
I’m a pretty good interviewer, but sometimes things just don’t work out. In this instance, it is a payment problem. As my hubby points out, they aren’t a client if they aren’t paying you. He’s right, of course. The problem in this situation is I’ve let it go on far too long. The reason? I like the owner. He’s a good guy; he means well; he wants to pay me. But, you know what? I’ve risked as much as I can afford to risk on good intentions.
So, today, I’m getting divorced. It’s a sad day. I don’t like it; the client doesn’t like it, but it’s best for everyone.