Dealing with an Unhappy Client
Dealing with an Unhappy Client, guest article by Alyssa Gregory
of Virtual Assistant Hub
We don’t want to think that we will ever have a client who is less-than-thrilled with our work, but it can happen. Here’s how to deal with it.
Whether it’s from a rare episode of poor work quality or if you’re just having an off day all around, there may come a time when a client calls or emails you with a complaint. Part of being a professional is recognizing the situation and making it better. Here are some easy ways to do that.
The worst thing you can do is ignore an unhappy client. Ask him or her why he or she is unhappy and what you can do to fix the situation. The longer you wait to bring it up, the worse it can get.
Own Up to It
No one wants to admit you were wrong, but if you were, your willingness to face it head-on will tell the client you care about the project and his or her satisfaction. Accountability is vital.
If the issue is unsatisfactory work, do it again and fix the problem. This is the easiest and quickest way to make an unhappy client happy again.
Talk About It
Many problems stem from miss-communications and can be corrected with effort. If you have been handling everything via email, schedule a phone call to see if you can get things cleared up voice-to-voice.
If All Else Fails…
If you’ve done everything you can, but the client is still not satisfied, it may be time to part ways. Be honest, direct and professional.
One way to end a client relationship is by recommending them to another VA who may be able to help them better than you can. This supports someone you respect, gives the client what he or she wants and gets you out of a frustrating situation. It’s a win-win.
by Alyssa Gregory of Virtual Assistant Hub on 29-Dec-2009
Thanks, Alyssa. Very good advice. There are going to be some clients, at least occasionally, that are just a “poor fit”, as well. I have mostly clients I would work with for free if I won the lottery tomorrow, BUT have had a couple of people I just could not seem to work with, no matter what I did. I did as you suggest and found another Virtual Assistant who better suited these personalities and was happy to let go of the stress for both myself AND the unhappy clients.
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