The clients you choose to work with have a huge impact on your overall success. Sometimes people take on clients that they don’t necessarily like or connect with just for the sake of getting paid. This is the wrong reason.
If you’re going to work with someone, you should only do so if you know that you can truly help them, get value from one other, and build a great relationship together.
When you work with someone you typically get close to them and spend time together. The last thing you want is to find yourself stuck in an awful situation with a person that you just aren’t able to mesh with.
I’ll relate this advice to my crowdfunding campaign for John Lee Dumas. I had so many people reach out to me after the success of his Freedom Journal, wanting to talk to me about crowdfunding.
These people all wanted a 6-figure campaign of their own, but not all of them were willing to put in the effort or the time it takes to get there. It takes a lot a lot of work and collaboration to accomplish a goal like this.
Don’t take on a project that’s only driven by money.
Make sure that it will be a win-win for both you and the client. If you’re not 100% on board or certain about doing the necessary work, it could end up turning into a real-life nightmare.
It’s about more than the money, it’s about creating great things and improving yourself. If you don’t think you can do that with a potential client, then you shouldn’t agree to work with them.
Bottom line, it won’t be any good for you or your business.
When you have a prospective client, ask yourself this… Could you spend a week with this person?
Could you talk, get personal, and spend some real time with this person? If not, then you may need to rethink the idea of partnering up with them.
On the other hand, if you CAN picture working with this person and working well together, then there is most likely a great opportunity for you in the making.
There are some other important things to ask yourself when deciding whether or not you should work with someone.
Do their goals, passions, and vision align with yours?
Taking all of this into consideration is HUGE and definitely needs to be addressed.
When people contact me for my help, I can usually tell if they’re going to be serious about their ideas or not. I mean, everybody’s got ideas, but they are shit without a passionate person actually pushing them.
I found out first hand as an inventor that the chances of success are very slim. Those that do succeed are the ones that have the most passion and drive to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
This is exactly what I did with my invention, the Arctic Stick. The odds of me taking this product to market were about one in a million, but I had passion along with the willingness to keep going.
Make sure that the person you’re investing your time in takes themselves seriously.
When deciding whether or not to work with a client, find out what they do, what their goals are, why they started their project, and what their passion is behind it. How do they communicate? Take all of this information in.
You’ll get the right vibe if they’re a person who has what it takes to make their dreams a reality. By asking them questions and getting to know if their why aligns with your own, you can filter through the “wrong” clients to find the best ones for you.
When you do take on big clients with win-win projects, you will see huge success.
Being more selective when it comes to who you work with will make you a much happier person. Working with the wrong people is stressful, exhausting, and just not worth your time.
Think about this in your business and align it with your own future goals.
Choosing to work with the right people is extremely powerful. Don’t be afraid to be picky at times and only work with the people that prove to be a right fit for you.