No client is perfect. Some personalities will either rub you the wrong way or treat you in such a way that you'll consider letting them go. However, that is not a decision to be made lightly. You need to make sure that if you let them go, it's for a good reason and you won't be looking back with regret. Here are four signs it's time to let a client go:
Some customers are extremely demanding, and that's okay. It's often better to have a client who is willing to voice their exact needs than have one who rarely vocalizes what they want. Honest communication leads to better work and greater satisfaction. That being said, it is easy for customers to go too far. Clients often ask for a specific price, and then try to sneak in more and more demands without adjusting the initial quote; this is a slippery slope that should be avoided at all cost.
Being stressed out by a client is fine--in certain cases. Some clients are more important than others and may require more attention. However, if a client is constantly stressing you out or negatively affecting your business, it's time to redirect your attention to the ones who actually value your work and who you genuinely want to spend your time with.
One of the hardest lines you must draw with a client involves payment. The moment they refuse to pay, or delay payment for an unreasonable amount of time, you should strongly considering cutting ties with them. More often than not, this issue only gets worse with time.
If you are a high volume real estate photographer looking to make the jump into luxury real estate, then you may want to let some of your high volume clients go to make room for lower volume, higher-paying jobs. Same goes for those of you who are looking to leave real estate photography altogether and focus on interior/architecture.