You’ve been invited to put in a bid for your construction company to build a new resort in Arizona. Following two years of sparse opportunities, you are excited about this project. However, after meeting with the potential client and submitting your bid, you have a nagging feeling that this client could be difficult.
Knowing when to pass on a job is just as important as knowing when to accept a job. Your reputation is at stake. A difficult client can cause all kinds of problems for your company.
Red flags to watch for with potential clients
When you meet with a potential client watch out for these red flags:
- The client complains to you about the last company he hired. He felt like the company was ripping him off and did shoddy work. He’s proud of the fact that he filed a scathing report with the Better Business Bureau. All of this should give you pause. If a potential client talks about another contractor this way, he will most likely talk about you and could damage your reputation in the process.
- The potential client is a know-it-all who tells you how to do your job. That can be a clue that they’ll be dissatisfied with anything you do.
- The potential client has a relative who is a skilled handyman and he told him the job should cost considerably less than what you bid.
- The potential client tries to find a way around permits and licenses. This is a huge problem that could become your problem if you work on this project.
Always trust your instincts when it comes to accepting a job. It could be the thing that saves you from having your reputation damaged. If you are having trouble with a client who does not want to hold up his end of the deal, contact an experienced legal guide as soon as possible.