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5 More Email Templates for Difficult Client Situations

In December, we published a post called 5 Email Templates for Client Relations, and it was rather popular. Many of you told us you’d love more examples of email templates for different situations, as you’re often so busy being angry, upset, terrified or confused to say the right thing at the right time.

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So here we are, back with five more email template examples to help you smooth over that awkward situations.

1. Clients Changing their Mind After Contract Negotiated

Urgh. This is one of the more annoying situations. You’ve already spent time negotiating the contract, writing out and agreeing on the brief, and you’re just waiting for the client to hit “GO”. Now, they want MORE changes. What do you say?

Dear Changey-McChangenstein

Thanks for sending through the new requirements / amendments on the project – we’re definitely happy to amend the current contract to reflect these changes. I’ve outlined the changes you’re proposed below:


Just to let you know, these new amendments actually require us to draw up a new contract, which will take us a few days to finalise. The price will also change. Since this is the third contract we’ve drawn up for this project, we ask that you please make sure you’re satisfied with the new scope and requirements for this project before I create another contract. We would hate for your project to run behind schedule because it was caught up in the contract stage!

Let me know if you’re happy with these new requirements, and if you’re happy for me to proceed with the contract.


One Overworked Graphic Designer

2. When you decide to raise your rates

There comes a time when every agency director opens the books and realises it is time the shop had a payrise. As your team upskill and your agency gains experience and reputation within the industry, you’re able to command a higher rate. But telling a long-term client that your rates are rising can be daunting, so here’s a little template to help:

Dear Cheapskate Client

I’m just writing to inform you that starting next month, we’re increasing our rates. The new rate reflects our increased experience, quality service and reputation within the industry.

Rates increases are an unavoidable part of doing business, and we hope we can continue to serve your company long into the future. If you have any questions or need clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact me to discuss your project.

Yours Sincerely


3. When you need to Decline a Project

What happens when you’re already pulling 70 hour weeks and you're having trouble managing the work you already have? Or that troublesome client who you worked with last year and swore you’d never work with again comes back with another project? Occasionally you’ll need to decline a project, but how do you do this while keeping things friendly and not closing the door on future opportunities?

Dear Too-Late Client

Thanks for your inquiry in regards to your website redesign. This looks like a fantastic project and a great fit for our agency.

Unfortunately, we’re absolutely swamped with work right now, and aren’t currently taking on any new projects. We want to be able to give 100% to all of our clients, and so, we’ll have to pass at this time.

We anticipate coming up for air around March, so if you’re still looking for an agency then, we’d be happy to talk more about your requirements. Otherwise, we wish you luck in your search, and trust you’ll find the right creative team for your needs.

Thank you for your support.


Overworked-and-Underpaid Senior Designer

4. Declining a Project because it’s completely crazy

And sometimes, you’ll receive requests that are completely bonkers. Many people simply don’t read your website before inquiring, or they don’t understand the scale required to make an agency job cost-effective, or they just live on planet Mars. How do you decline these requests in a way that doesn’t invite further correspondence, but without being rude or condescending? Here’s a template to help:

Dear Crazy Person

Thank you for your inquiry regarding graphic design work for your The Black Vegetable - your garage band’s album cover.

Unfortunately, we’ve not able to take on your project at this time. Your project doesn’t quite fit with the type of work we usually do, and we don’t accept payment in the form of bootlegged tapes signed by the band.

Thank you for thinking of Big Awesome Agency, and we wish you the best of luck with your endeavours!

Yours Sincerely

Bamboozled Account Manager

5. Request a Testimonial / Case Study

Asking for testimonials makes my palms sweat every time I have to do it. Testimonials are the little blurbs your clients give you - where they exclaim over how wonderful you are, how you’ve changed their life and made them rich beyond belief. and why others must hire your or face dire consequences.

You want awesome testimonials from your most loyal clients, but asking for those testimonials can be worse than having teeth pulled.

Here’s a template you can use to send to your top clients. If it doesn’t generate at least one new testimonial, well, the problem isn't with your email ...

Dear Awesome (and Did We Mention Amazingly Talented and Rakishly Handsome?) Client Who We Love Very Much

Thank you for working with us recently on your Christmas campaign. We really enjoyed the creative challenges in this particular project!

We’re currently in the process of updating our website, and we’re wanting to showcase some client projects in our gallery page. We wondered if you would be happy for this project to be featured on our site and, if so, could you provide us with a few words to accompany it.

You could either provide a short testimonial paragraph describing the experience of working with us, and what results we achieved, or you could simply write a few sentences answering the questions below:

  • What was the best thing about working with us?

  • What results has our work generated for your company?

  • What was your clients’ / the public reaction to our work?

  • What can we improve on?

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you so much for choosing us and we hope to work with you again in the future!

Yours Sincerely

Your Humble Account Manager Servant

Do you use email templates? Do you find them effective? What other client relations issues would you like to see templates for?


Steff Green
Steff Green is one of WorkflowMax's resident wordsmiths, writing everything from website pages to blog posts, ebooks, emails and everything in between. Steff is also an award-winning author, with several fantasy novels available on Amazon. When she’s not writing up a storm, Steff lives on a lifestyle block with her musician husband, two cantankerous cats, several sheep and chickens and her medieval sword collection.

Steff Green

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