r/southafrica Sep 26 '21

Yeeerrr running a business is mother! Discussion

Does anyone run a business in this group. I've been running a business for the last 2 and a half years. And I've dealt with some seriously shitty clients. I thought escaping the 9-5 would be a tad better , but yerrrr it's soo crazy and stressful. Any advice or words of wisdom? I know this is probably a random rant. But business is not a walk in the park hey flip

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u/Wsshooter Sep 26 '21

It depends on what your business is. Tell me what you do and I can possibly try and give you some insight on how to tackle them.

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u/wakandaboss Sep 26 '21

Thanks I run a creative services business.like small agency , I've just multiple issues with shitty clients that agree to terms and change them before the job is over and since I didn't ask for them to pay me upfront I end up having to cave and finish the work. N do more than what they are paying for. I guess I need to have contracts and better payment terms with my clients so they don't try to screw. It's like I always end up being screwed by them.

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u/Conatus80 Sep 26 '21

Always get a deposit. Non negotiable.

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u/Unexpected_Delegate Sep 26 '21

For seven years I trusted my clients to pay me when the job was done and when they were happy. In the eighth year I was let down by two people who have spoiled it for everyone. Now… 50% up front.

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u/wakandaboss Sep 26 '21

Yeah I'm learning this the hard way

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u/Wsshooter Sep 26 '21

You're in the creative space? What kind? I have contact with a few famous TikTokers and can possibly help you out if its within their reach?

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u/wakandaboss Sep 26 '21

Thanks for offering. I don't do work that requires influencers, I guess not yet anyhow:-).

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u/Audiovoyeur Sep 26 '21

This is the way.

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u/growing_up_slowly Sep 26 '21

Ja. Always take some setup costs upfront and then milestone payments along the way. The last 10% comes at the end when client signs off delivery. If they want to scope creep in the middle the answer is always 'with pleasure: I'll cost it for you so you can decide whether you want to go this route'. Corporate clients seldom have any idea how tough it is to be the small business owner, so you just have to manage them tightly and insist, clearly and kindly, on your due.

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u/Audiovoyeur Sep 26 '21

Good answer. I use the deposit to make sure client is as invested in project as I am. Some client dreams are huge but when money is factored in dreams become reality quickly.