Con­trac­tor be­moans a client who won’t stop nickel-and-dime dance

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports -

I feel like I’m al­ways fight­ing with my main client about every lit­tle thing. She does the nickel-and-dime dance. What­ever we are work­ing on, she tries to get me (and her other con­trac­tors) to pitch in about 30 per­cent of the work for free. She does this by ask­ing for fa­vors and then throw­ing in that she wants us to vol­un­teer for what­ever those fa­vors are. When­ever I have pushed back, she gets her back up and says things that make me feel like I’m be­ing self­ish by want­ing to be paid for my ser­vices. This has been go­ing on for a few years — the en­tire time she has been my client.

I bet you are go­ing to say I should walk away, but it isn’t that easy. I need the work, and I like the project. I just don’t ap­pre­ci­ate the way that my client con­stantly tries to ma­nip­u­late me. How can I tamp that down?

If you plan to keep this client, there is a cer­tain amount of ac­qui­es­cence that you will have to con­tinue to of­fer. This is how she works. You can, how­ever, get crys­tal clear about each as­sign­ment, its pa­ram­e­ters and the com­pen­sa­tion be­ing of­fered. Af­ter get­ting clar­ity on that, if your client adds other tasks onto the work, in­form her what you will bill for those ex­tra ser­vices be­fore you ex­e­cute them. This will likely ruf­fle some feath­ers, but it is the only way you will have any power in this ne­go­ti­a­tion. Stay pos­i­tive when deal­ing with your client. Don’t fall to her ways of en­gag­ing. Stick to your pro­fes­sional de­meanor.

A colleague of mine told me about a water aer­o­bics class that she has been tak­ing that she says is awe­some. I have re­cently started ex­er­cis­ing and think this could be good for me, es­pe­cially since it’s in the water, which means low im­pact. I have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some dis­com­fort in my knees re­cently be­cause I’ve been do­ing a lot of walk­ing to lose weight.

My prob­lem is van­ity. I hate to ad­mit it, but I don’t want to go to a swim class and put on a bathing suit in front of any­one, let alone a colleague. I feel like I’m com­pletely out of shape and ugly when I have on a swim­suit. How can I get over this and get my butt in the water?

Trust your colleague. Peo­ple who go to these classes choose to do so to get healthy. Yes, it may take a bit of courage to be so bare at first, but you can do it. Start by wear­ing your bathing suit to the pool so you don’t have to change in front of any­one.

Bring a towel that you wrap around your hips un­til you slip into the water. Chances are, once you start class, you will no­tice that peo­ple are pay­ing at­ten­tion to the teacher rather than siz­ing each other up. You can do it. If you com­mit to it, the bonus is that you will start lik­ing your body bet­ter!

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.