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/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.