Is it really bad form to withdraw a proposal to a prospective client? And if not, how best to do this politely and appropriately?
Basically, I had a number of business development meetings and proposals go out all within a couple of weeks and more came back positive than I thought - which is great news, but means I am totally at capacity.
With this one opportunity I now want to get out of, I had a call with the client and it didn't go especially well, I am not that bothered about the work (not very interesting), I have no personal connection to them, and would be at a lower daily rate to the other work, so I want to pull out. (The others are better paid, and acquired through contacts I have).
Is it OK just to email them saying that I am having to pull out due to capacity issues and wish them all the best in finding someone to do the work? Not had to do this before (bit of a luxury I guess!) so any advice really appreciated.
Unless the client has a fixed deadline that you can't achieve I'd try to accommodate them. Without knowing your sector and expertise it's hard to alleviate the situation. If it's a small world in your line of business of be reluctant to foster negative feedback. Can you chalk it up to experience and fit it all in?
Thanks all. I work in the charity sector which is small enough to have reputational risk, so I am tempted to just hang on in and see... (they haven't yet agreed the work, so it may be they choose someone else anyway!). I could squeeze it in, but just don't really want to! And they aren't being flexible around timings (tried that). Hmmm... Will sleep on it!