Projects that Go Bad
Preparing for the World
Issue: 10.4 (May/June 2012)
Author: Bob Keeney
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I love being a Real Studio consultant. The variety of clients and projects keeps life interesting and exciting. Every project is different from the last. I've worked on four major accounting packages in my professional career and each one was wildly different from the others. Who knew accounting would be so dynamic?
My company has three full-time developers which isn't too common in the Real Studio world. This means that I am always on the lookout for new clients and new projects. We look at a lot of projects over the course of any given year and because we have three families to feed we also take on a lot of work. This leaves us susceptible to finding bad clients.
Don't get me wrong—there's a difference between hard-to-please and bad clients. Bad clients are those clients that if you don't fire them they'll end up costing you. Not only do they tend to cost you money, but they tend to cost you health points because of the severe stress they induce.
The funny thing about bad clients is that if you're really honest with yourself, you know that they're going to be a major pain early on in the relationship, but, for various reasons (money being the big one), you keep forging ahead with the relationship hoping that it will get better. It's not until you've gone through the proverbial House of Horrors with them that you realize it's not going to work. Instead of a partner willing to work with you, you have someone actively working against you.
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