CUSTOMER: A “customer” is someone who pays money in exchange for a product or service.
Example: Working at the café was really fun because I had really nice customers.
You’re a customer when you go to:
CLIENT: The word “client” is related to professional services and when there is a longer relationship between the buyer and seller. A client relationship is much more complex and invested for both parties. A client’s needs are significantly higher than that of a customer.
Example: When he started his job selling insurance, it was difficult to find clients.
You’re a client when you get services from:
Some other related words:
Buyer/Purchaser – A person who makes a purchase. It can also be used in regards to a person employed to select and purchase stock or materials for a large retail or manufacturing business.
User – A person who uses or operates something. Nowadays, mostly used in regards to software users.
Consumer – A person who purchases goods and services for personal use.
Patron – A customer of a shop, restaurant, etc., especially a regular one.
Shopper – A person who is shopping.
Do you have clients or customers? What’s your relationship with them like?
Are you a nice client and a nice customer?
Let me know in the comments!
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