How to be Annoyed and Make Money
When do annoyances in a relationship become too much to bear?
Have you ever worked for a client that drives you up the wall and back down the other side but you keep working with them because you need the money? I am sure most of us have been in that position and were so happy when that relationship finally broke up. It felt like you were finally free and able to do what you do best somewhere else, or you fell into panic because you had no income anymore. In either situation, the annoyances leave a bad taste for that type of business and you will likely seek clients in other industries.
This is not the best solution. You should always try and discover what is annoying you and why. It could be that the company is not aware of how annoying one of their procedures is or that there are problems in completing projects. If you have a good business relationship, you will be able to approach that person and let them know there are problems that need to be solved before a quality job can be completed.
In most cases, people are reluctant to bring up problems in case they are blamed and sent on their way. If you have a solid business relationship, there should be no fear in bringing up the event that is causing pain. If you cannot resolve the problem, then you must decide whether the experience of frustration is worth hanging onto or whether it is time to wrap up your end of the contract early. If you want to preserve your sanity, then follow up with the problems, try to come to a solution that works, and if not, move on.
Your method of communication when experiencing problems on a project will reflect how you conduct business. It is ultimately important that you act in a professional manner no matter what the outcome.
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