I made a choice yesterday to give away a client. I had discovered that beyond, what I would call general assholiness, he is physically abusive to his wife. The only reason I have stayed with the client, is the girl who works for him. She and I have worked very hard to clean up a bookkeeping mess over the last 5 years. We emailed yesterday personally and she said she realizes how he is abusive to her in the workplace and she suspected his physical abuse at home. I told her I was letting him go.
There is new management at another office so I offered the client to them first. I went to meet them and realized very quickly that they do not have the skills to do the job. They just looked at the dollar sign of this big client.
Now, I am questioning my decision.
Growing up I could never figure out why people or jobs accepted my dad after his abuse. And the same after my ex cheated. I walked away from both and though I forgave for my own sake, never put trust in them again. In town, people just shrugged off and continued to do business with them. I chose not to do business with a contractor after he cheated & left and I watched his wife & girls fall apart. Then recently I came home to my normal contractor, who needed an extra hand, and there was the cheater. I about puked. Granted, this happened over 15 years ago, but it still makes me sick.
I think, after writing this out, that I’m going to have to walk away from all my hard work and let it fall apart. I can’t support that man or his business.