Signs It Might be Time to Drop a Problem Client

When a freelance relationship becomes unbalanced and the client drains your energy, it’s time to move on

Lindsey Danis
Freelancer’s Hub

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Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

I did the math recently. In 2021, I spent around 25 hours working for one of my clients. I spent probably half that much time (so another 12 hour) dealing with the underlying emotions of a relationship that was no longer feeling like a fit.

Time spent unpacking why I was so annoyed was time that I wasn’t spending on writing or brainstorming pitches.

Something we don’t often realize is how much energy things that are not in our alignment take up. But I’d crossed a new threshold earlier this year of having enough of a cash buffer that I could literally afford to make different choices.

I could see a time on the horizon when I would part ways with this client. The client started to see it too, and things got messy.

Danielle Laporte told a story once about getting ready to move out of a house that she’d lived in for a long time. Once she made her moving arrangements, she noticed that things started breaking down. Light bulbs burned out. Appliances quit. It was like the house could tell that she had invested her energy somewhere new.

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Lindsey Danis
Freelancer’s Hub

Writer. Traveler. Queer. Passionate about self employment, LGBTQ finance and the writing life. Visit me at http://www.lindseydanis.com