Clare’s accountancy clients tell her she’s like a breath of fresh air.
When she started her company, she took time to onboard her clients— walking them through how she could help them, taking a pile of receipts and other mental clutter with her as she left. Nothing was too much trouble. Clients valued her approach, and her business thrived.
But as Clare’s business grew, her posture started to shift. She was too busy to serve people in the way that had originally differentiated her company. Small mistakes were made, and apologies overlooked. She stopped picking up the phone. As her business scaled, Clare continued to do her job, but she’d forgotten to show she cared. And that made all the difference.
The day came when her very first client decided they should part ways. Clare understood immediately that she’d lost this client because of the one small thing she could have done, but didn’t do.
It’s worth remembering that it isn’t only what we do that people notice— sometimes it’s what we don’t do that determines our results.
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