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You Need to Let Go

...of deadbeat clients, that is. Here's how to know when to cut a client loose.

This story appears in the May 2001 issue of

You know the type. The client who harasses you in off hours on a regular basis. The one who talks your ear off every time she gets you on the phone. The one who's consistently late in paying his bill. "You shouldn't be banging your head against the wall. It should never get to the point where you're just fed up with the client and you've got to come up with a reason to ditch them," says Marcia Layton Turner, author of The Unofficial Guide to Starting a Small Business.

After all, do you really want to spend all your time and energy on clients you don't enjoy? The decision to cut a client loose can be a tough one, but Layton Turner says all you need to do is ask yourself one simple question: "Is this company worth my time?"

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