The toughest decision you’ll ever make (the first time)

The most important decision you’ll make in your business is customer selection, or which customers you want as your target market. This should be true for any size enterprise, but it’s especially true if you own the business because 1) You have limited resources and you must invest those resources where they’ll produce the highest and best yield, and 2) Because it is YOUR business, and YOUR business should bring YOU happiness, not aggravation.

The second most important decision is arguably when you should FIRE a customer who doesn’t align with your strengths or simply doesn’t result in a value-for-value relationship any longer. Remember, it’s got to be win-win! A customer who is always causing you grief means you’re in a toxic, lose-win relationship where you lose.

When a customer becomes consistently unprofitable, too high maintenance, or otherwise doesn’t meet the definition you’ve set for yourself as the ideal target market, it’s time to get rid of ’em. As politely as possible, of course.

Now, it’s worth mentioning that the first time you do this it will be EXTREMELY hard and you may have all kinds of second thoughts. Be prepared to redirect that energy into growing the relationships of your remaining, ideal customers, and toward going out and building new relationships with customers who are ideal for you.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.” – Unknown