Here's one that doesn't happen very often. I run a web development firm in a small country.
We have a finite number of possibilities as there is a finite number of clients, so turning down work is a bad idea.
My company is considered the best in the country.
So, now the dilemma. there are two political parties in this country. One has been a client fo 4 years (basically since just before the last election. they had no money, and got a decent site at a great rate - repeat business has been nearly non-existent.
They won the election.
Election time is upon our little nation once again, and the second party has approached us, with unlimited funds, to re-build their site under the guidnce of a PR agency they have employed.
They are waving checques in our face, signed and ready to be banked. They are fully aware we developed the site for the first party and hae no porblem with it. The other party is not aware of our current talks.
Is it unethical to take the second party on as a client.
I can make myself feel better about accepting the project with the following:
We are not promoting either party, merely providing them the tools to promote themselves - how they use them is their own business.
We are not politically affiliated with either party
Exclusivity was never requested by the original party, though they probably knew that somewhere along the line this would happen.
The new client would be the PR agency of the second party, not the party itself. (yeah, I'm reaching there!)
We do this in other sectors.. we have numerous real estate clients, numerous tourism clients, numerous private banks, etc....
Having said all of that, I have this nagging feeling its a bad thing!
What would you guys do!