Your eyes are on fire. Your heart is like a demented bass drum.
The world swims and wavers, like an underwater dream sequence.
And you can’t quite believe what you’re hearing as a client screams insults down the phone at you.
Or as you read the passive-aggressive needle-sharp jibes in the email.
Or as he sits across from you and accuses you of sabotaging his business because he hasn’t paid his last three invoices and you’ve politely informed him you won’t work until he does.
I know what it’s like to be on the wrong end of misplaced customer rage and it is shocking. Painful. Like being slapped or hitting your head.
We retreat into ourselves, shrink, and all our confidence evaporates. It takes over our world for a day and makes us question everything.
All the work we’ve put into them makes us want to cry, to capitulate, to make it right.
But I’d like to tell you a secret: you are not the cockwomble whisperer.
You don’t need a client like that.
You don’t need any single client.
There are always, always more clients.
And you deserve the best clients, because you are awesome at what you do.
To get the best clients, though, you gotta do things differently from everyone else. Leave the cockwombles to the rest.
My Bread Heads, my Superheroes, they’re all doing things differently and realising they don’t have to take this nonsense.
They’re all flamingos.
Be a flamingo. Set your own rules. Choose your own clients.
And if you’re not sure how, start with my daily emails:
About the Author
Please do share any articles from this site in part or in full — as long as you leave all links intact, give credit to the author, and include a link to this website and the following bio. Vicky is a gin-quaffing, pole-dancing, trapeze-swinging copywriter who writes about the perils and joys of writing, velociraptor training, and running a small business. She writes this stuff on her websites vickyfraser.com and cookiesforbreakfast.co.uk. She’s the author of one book (with two more in utero) and teaches small business owners how to write copy that sells, and how to be more fecking interesting. You can follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.