As designers and developers, we are bound to deal with different types of clients. Whereas most of them will be highly cooperative and understanding, others will prove a little harder to handle. Since the primary aim is to do business and make a profit, you need to be able to handle both types of clients.

During a consultation, you want to identify whether or not this potential client is a good fit. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide whether or not you want to take them on as a client. (Well, those of us who aren’t yes-men or women.) I’ve come up with tips on how to tactfully deal with the five major types of problematic clients.

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It can be very frustrating when you spend 30 minutes to an hour on a consultation call with a potential client and it seems that they’re really interested in the service you provide, but something is holding them back from making a final decision to get things started.

There might be a few different reasons why a potential client might hesitate to hire you.