Should You Re-Hire a Fired Client

Firing a client is usually a difficult decision. Though, sometimes it’s the best course of action, it’s hard to let go of a lucrative relationship. But, when it’s intolerable, and not particularly worthwhile monetarily, moving on is generally the best. However, there are times when you might reconsider. If so, you’ll need to take certain precautions before committing to doing business again. Read on to learn more about how to determine if rehiring a fired client is really the right thing to do.

Most Common Considerations

Perhaps the individual has re-approached you with a plea to resume your working relationship. Or, you're attempting to rebuild your book of business after experiencing a negative impact from the pandemic shutdowns. Whatever the reason, there are, of course, some considerations you'll have to factor into your decision. These begin with trusting your gut instinct.
When you have a business, satisfied clients are essential to your continuous success. Knowing your ideal client and their particular needs is critical to your success. However, pursuing non-ideal ones can kill your business. It pays to be picky about which clients you choose to work with.
The little inner voice in your head can be an extraordinarily valuable tool. It's a resource in your consciousness that helps you to determine to take one action or another. So, definitely give it it's due because it will most likely point you in the right direction. Also, you should take at least a little time to revisit your past with this individual. It's helpful to make a list of pros and cons, and then compare and contrast those with the relationship going forward, particularly if you're confident that things will be different this time. What's more, it's worth warning that if you're doing this solely for the money, it's probably going to lead to another bad outcome. So, understand that you should have other valid reasons for re-establishing the business relationship.

How to Re-Engage an Old Client

Whether you're sincerely convinced that this person is committed to a new way of doing things, or you get a completely different feeling than before, these could be false positives. In other words, do not let the potential outweigh the reality. Fortunately, there are some precautionary measures you can take, like the following:
  • Listen very carefully. You'll obviously talk to the individual about doing business again and this is a golden opportunity to listen carefully for telltale warning signs that it's not going to be a positive experience. So, when you do discuss your possible resumption of doing business together, listen and take some mental or written notes about his or her attitude, they are overall enthusiasm, and commitment to a mutually beneficial relationship.
  • Talk to other businesses. Just speaking with the individual might not be enough to give you a clear picture. We've all experienced someone who has promised to change this or that, only to be let down. Take a little time to talk to other companies that are currently doing business with this individual and you'll probably learn quite a lot from those conversations. Just a little input from your peers could well be enough to help you make the right decision.
  • Establish a clear trial period. Of course, If the previous experience was a negative one, you shouldn't repeat the mistakes of the past. Fortunately, because you have experienced this relationship before, you probably are very well aware of the frustrations. Use this information to establish a trial. And this way, your not setting yourself up for a big mistake.
What other suggestions do you have for dealing with previously bad clients as a business owner? Please take a moment to share your thoughts and experiences so others can benefit from your unique perspective! Interested in learning more about business? Then just visit Waters Business Consulting Group.

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