There will be some point in your event planning career when you will have to fire a client. You may have to fire a client if:
They are a bully and pressure you to do things you wouldn’t normally do
They are rude or disrespectful to you or to other vendors
They haven’t paid on time after multiple reminders
They are difficult to work with and cause extreme stress or anxiety
They are mentally unstable
They plan to do drugs at the event your are planning
There are a multitude of other reasons why you may have to fire a client. Make sure your contract has an “out” clause so that you can gracefully terminate a client relationship if necessary. It should also clearly state what happens to the client’s deposit and how payments are handled to cover any work you have already done.
It doesn’t matter how much a client is paying or how extravagant of an event it is, it simply isn’t worth it to work with some clients.
Have you ever had to fire a client? Please share your story in the comments.