Questions tagged [clients]

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How do I prevent a client from bleeding me dry with small questions and tasks they expect to receive for free?

I do some work for a client for a set price and get paid. Later the client will email me about something, usually requesting a small task or my asking my expertise on some minor issue. I provide it ...
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Turned down a client after accepting dinner, how could I have handled this better?

I was approached by a guy recently who wanted me to be involved in his startup. He asked me to meet him, he bought me dinner, talked about funding and market potential, etc, then invited me to see the ...
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What to do when during a meeting client's people start to (physically) fight with each other?

I work on a project that requires many on-site meetings at the client's location, with client people from different departments. These departments can be considered as closed silos, where everyone ...
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Client wants to reduce hourly rate at the start of a new project

I am a freelance developer from Uruguay with 3 years of experience in iOS development and about to get my degree as a systems engineer next December. I worked about a month for a new client from ...
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At delivery time, client criticises the lack of some features that weren't written on my quote. How to react?

As a freelance developer, I worked for two months for a client (company) building a software. I drew up a quote mentioning 4 features: A, B, C et D. This quote was signed by the client. At ...
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How to return a fake watch “gifted” by a client

I have a wealthy client with whom I had/have a good relationship. After completing a job above and beyond their expectations they said they felt they needed to do something to repay me. I told them ...
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How to let clients know that they are being spied on [closed]

In the past I have found out that clients were being spied on. This happened twice; in both times I told them. And in both times I got burned for it. I have no regrets and I got a clear conscience. ...
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How to gain motivation to do “boring” work?

I am an intern at an auditing firm. Completing this internship is mandatory to become a qualified chartered accountant. I like this profession, but sometimes I have to do boring jobs for which I have ...
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Angry email from customer insisting he didn't get a refund [closed]

I run a time management app with a monthly subscription model that gives users the freedom to cancel whenever they feel like so. Normally if a customer cancels at the beginning of the month after they ...
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12answers
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How do we improve the relationship with a client software team that performs poorly and is becoming less collaborative?

I work as a team leader in a team of 6 (2 very senior devs, 1 senior dev, 1 medium level dev, 1 junior dev and 1 senior graphic designer). Our client has his own internal team of 5 (1 architect, 2 ...
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How to deal with a client who has little idea what his employees are doing? [closed]

I am a freelancer providing service to a small company. Let's call the boss John. Alice and Bob are two of his employees. I am not a part of John's company nor management team, I am simply an external ...
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Asking client for discount on tickets to amusement park

I'm working for a media agency. One of our major clients is the operator of an amusement park. We created their website, some apps and did campaigns for them. I'm in charge of the campaigns, so I talk ...
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Customer (small non-profit social services organization) doesn't like the term “business logic”

I've been hired to do contract programming work for a small non-profit social services organization. In the initial meeting, I used the phrase "business logic" and my contact at the non-profit became ...
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Politely and professionally declining overtime

I've been working as a contractor at a large company for three months. I'm the most seasoned developer in a small team, and so far it's been a good relationship. However, as of a couple of weeks ago, ...
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How to tell a client a reported “bug” is not actually a bug, but something they need to fix themselves?

Context I am new to client relations. It's my first year at my company, but even though I am 24 years old, I've never had a job where I had to do customer service of any kind. I program things and ...
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How to tell client about having missed their deadline?

I work for a software company. After a few meetings with this one client, it turned out that our current system is not suitable with their business flow, so we need to modify our system to be able to ...
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How to politely say “I don't want to work for someone from XY country”?

A good client of mine has offered me a job. The company that needs my services comes from the country which is on my list "will never work for them again, no matter what". I have been hurt very badly ...
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When taking clients out for drinks, how to behave when I cannot drink?

I will be spending more and more time with clients in the near future and we are encouraged to regularly socialize with and entertain them, especially by taking them out for drinks. I wonder whether ...
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Dealing with clients who want more than what's in the contract

We have a client with whom we have a contract. The contract scope is very clear and well defined. One day, one of the guys in the client company called and said, "hey, it would be great if you could ...
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How do I decline giving potential employer my book of business?

I recently received a job offer as outside sales for a company that is in the same market as the one I am currently employed with. Due to the book of business I currently have (my list of my clients, ...
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How to prepare for a client visit?

I work as an application engineer in a small (~20 people) multimedia software company and I have remote clients and our Asian re-seller coming from South Korea for a business visit. I am junior and I ...
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Keeping LinkedIn contacts after leaving a job [closed]

I've got a new job. My (current) director asked me not to update my LinkedIn profile until a couple of weeks after I leave. I told him that my new company may use LinkedIn as part of the business, and ...
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Ethical dilemma: I work at a consultancy. How to handle a client's request to moonlight directly for them, for equity? Weirder context inside

I'm suddenly facing a bit of an ethical dilemma. To give background: The company I currently work for, let's call it AppCorp, currently has a client, let's call him Bill, who has built and launched a ...
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Could Wearing My Star of David Be Bad for Career?

I am a conservative Jew with a non-Jewish sounding last name (my paternal grandfather was not Jewish but Irish/German). However, I am 100% Jewish from both of my grandmothers/obviously my mother. I ...
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Dealing with delayed payments for my work

Context: I'm currently helping out my friend, who is full on into creating his own cryptocurrencies business, by creating simple landing pages for him, installing WordPress, etc. As we are friends (...
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intern paid for strip club with client on company card, what to do? [closed]

Posting anonymously obviously...this is a very sticky situation. So I manage a sales team and an intern on my team often takes clients out, both during and after working hours. I just got an expense ...
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Laid off. Should I contact clients from on-going projects?

I was working with a client for the past year on a site. I was let go from my company. I don't like the idea of just disappearing. I'd like to contact the client and tell them I've left, and that it ...
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3answers
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When talking with a client, what should I do with my hands?

When talking with a client, what should I do with my hands? Should I put them in my back pockets? Let them hang? Put them over my pockets? This may sound stupid, but it is an important component to ...
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6answers
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Late ask for on call [closed]

I am a software developer at the outsourcing company in Europe (outside EU). Recently, the client asked to have somebody online during the weekend before the launch of the product (client plans to add ...
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2answers
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Asking client for a letter of recommendation

I'm a software developer working at a company with several clients. Part of my job is to stay in touch with clients and make sure the software I'm developing for them fulfills their needs. ...
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3answers
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Being attacked by a client in my workplace - what are my rights?

I work in a home health care situation, and recently I was attacked by one of my clients. I was hit twice, one of which left marks, had my hair pulled, and had my head slammed against a table. I was ...
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Is creating a professional Facebook account considered suspicious?

I would like to create a professional Facebook account to interact with the people I work with and with potential clients. What I fear is that potential future employers or clients find a ...
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Taking on multiple clients in the same niche - conflict of interest?

I'm one of the directors of multiple digital marketing and creative design/development agencies in the UK. This doesn't happen particularly frequently but this week, I found myself in this scenario. ...
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7answers
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What is a tactful way to address client's lack of cooperation with a project?

I am currently working on a software project. While my company has many clients, this project focuses on the needs of a specific client, so we have been working directly with them. The software they ...
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Discovered a bug that cost the client money. How do we resolve this with the client? [closed]

We recently discovered a bug in our payment gateway software. The amount of the transaction passed on to the client is less than the actual amount. The last time this piece of code was modified was 5 ...
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Which company to mention in LinkedIn or resume: Actual Employer or the Client

I had been employed by company X but after couple of months I had been shifted to client location at company Y and I worked there for almost 2 years before resigning. Also, Company Y is more renowned ...
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How do I fix my reputation with a client when I fell through for a project?

So I've run into this predicament. I over-loaded myself with work and not enough time. Then, I became ill a couple of times which set everything back even more. Long story short, I had a communication ...
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1answer
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Customer does not want to pay for my learning curve [closed]

An acquaintance wishes to contract me for a small embedded programming project. I have not done embedded programming in many, many years. He had, naturally, asked me for a cost estimate. This field ...
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3answers
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How do I brief a client I am leaving the company?

In any client-facing role, you have direct contact with a number of different clients. When leaving the company, you need to direct them to your colleagues for further contact. What are the DO and DO ...
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3answers
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What is a professional way to inform clients about missed deadlines?

I am supposed to send a monthly dashboard to a client by the end of the day. I have not been able to get it done but will send it in the next two days. I have to let the client know that the work will ...
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3answers
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Are digitally signed documents legally binding? [closed]

In this day and age, many documents are being passed around in email that require signing. I myself send many contracts to clients as well as approval letters and such to the same clients. I most of ...
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Dinner scheduled with client where I do not want to eat for personal reasons

There is an upcoming visit from one of my companies clients, where I do development work for. My company usually invites clients to dinner at the same place each and every time if they visit us. For ...
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Should I tell the client that I am not making any progress because my company didn't pay my salary?

I work for a contracting company, developing an application for a client. The company is always late in paying my salary. I always have to ask them to send me the check, sometimes after a delay of a ...
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How can I “extract” a client from an agency to work with me directly?

I build websites and webapps for companies and agencies. About five years ago, an agency hired me to build out a big website for a client. I host the website on my server but the billing to the client ...
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what is the most appropriate way to tell a client that I can't work on their project until they have a more finished idea?

I work as a contractor. The job involves helping a number of people who come in with project ideas. One person who comes in wants a website. She has little background in websites or development ...
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My work is being pawned off to my colleague. Is it reasonable to apologize to my colleague?

I recently came back from a long trip at a client's location. This trip took longer than expected. There were many problems and I couldn't figure out if they were caused by my lack of knowledge in ...
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Was let go from my job and client wants to know what happened. What do I say?

I was hired as an Account Supervisor at a small communications firm. The owner was my boss and the rest of the staff about 3 other people were contractors. I worked there roughly for 3 months, doing ...
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How should I inform my client that backend changes after a product launch is not just a bug fix or enhancement?

My client and I agreed on an architectural design for an android application, which included the MySQL database. The application has been released, and has grossed a good number of users and data. ...
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How to handle ex-client asking for free advice in social situations?

I am a freelance computer programmer. I have a former client with whom I did a very successful project with a few years ago. We have mutual friends, I enjoy his company and his company does really ...
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Should I CC the client when transferring an issue to a colleague?

I get a telephone call from a client. They explain their problem, I tell them that I don't have a solution ready but I will look into it and get back to them. (don't call us, we'll call you) I ...