You want to establish solid and friendly relationships with your clients, but you have to be very careful of how far you take it. Completely letting your guard down can be a mistake, especially in the current environment where technology offers the opportunity for everybody to know everything in an instant. First and foremost, never do anything that’s going to compromise your client’s view of you as a professional.
Don’t assume that your client will overlook something you do or say, simply because the relationship has been ongoing for a long time. No matter how close you may think you are with the client, always be on your best behavior and don’t share too much information. Here are some tips for navigating these social interactions: