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.

quote_seen_heard copyWhen I created Inspiring Black Designers a year ago, I did so because I felt the voices and amazing work of black designers and developers weren’t being recognized nor seen among the design community.

For the past year, I’ve interviewed and highlighted some talented design professionals and received a handful of support.

Yet there is still this undeniable and unable to ignore fact that there are some people put off by bloggers like myself who choose to specifically highlight and inspire black designers and developers only.

My question is, why?


LaShanda Henry — web designer and founder of over 15 websites for people of color — has been developing websites over 10 years. She is passionate about helping women learn how to unblock their blessings and build businesses online. As both a web designer and internet marketing coach, LaShanda has been featured in magazines such as Essence, EBONY, The Network Journal, and As a blogger she has worked with brands including Disney, General Mills, TNT, Walmart, and many others.

“My mission is to motivate, inform, inspire, connect. I do what I do for parents looking to better their children’s lives and for women striving to live their dreams.”

7_sins_designers_avoidWe all want to be successful as freelancers and designers. More importantly, we want to avoid pitfalls that may come about in our career. So I recently read this e-book called “7 Deadly Sins Designers Should Avoid“, which is for recent graduates, new freelancers, and full-time designers. Kyhry Taylor talks about things that aren’t discussed in the four walls of a classroom. He also provides useful resources and tools that will help you avoid these “deadly sins”.