few years back I received this email from a relator who was referred over to
me. We had an initial meeting, then teleconference to go over the proposal, and
then she disappeared for a couple of weeks. She resurfaced by sending this
email, "Hi Jeremy,
I haven't forgotten you. Got a little sidetracked with some deals I'm working on with my investment group. I'll get back to you before the end of the week.
P.S. If you haven't done so, take a look at my very generic website. Would like feedback from you on how we can improve. Thanks!"
Notice a couple of things here guys:
- She doesn't indicate if she's going to hire me.
- She doesn't indicate an exact time she's going to call me.
- She's looking for me to provide "free" work before she hires me (in giving her ideas about her web site). She's asking me to make a commitment to her by providing her with my expertise without her committing to anything on her end - good deal for her, bad deal for me.
scenario typically spells trouble guys, so be careful when you spot someone
trying it on you. Sure, some prospects may end up hiring you and just wanted
some initial thoughts (so be careful not to just blast people); while others really
are shamelessly trying to get something for nothing.
In this case, this woman didn't end up hiring me; she went with a template-based design for $300, so there's a good chance she was just fishing for free ideas and had no real intention of hiring me.
PS - Bill, my friend and mentor mentioned something today that hit home with regards to many freelancers as well as clients I've met over my career. Bill's a freelancing business consultant, so he's not far from what you and I do, and he's heard all of the excuses/reasons people have made as to why they won't move forward on a project (you might have heard them as well).
Bill reasons that more often than not, PEOPLE HAVE THE MONEY (even though they say they don't), instead they just DON'T WANT to spend the money. For years I've heard both potential clients and even aspiring freelance graphic designers respectively say, "I'd hire you to do my design" or "I'd buy your books on freelancing but I don't have the money". Bill's heard this reasoning as well - he doesn't buy it...he says:
"...They think instead of tapping in to my knowledge or another writer/designer/consultant's knowledge, the person thinks they can figure it out on their own. Foolish.
Some people are convinced that they can figure it out or do it themselves if they only invest enough time and effort, these are the same people that drive 80 miles to save .05/gallon on gas - is it really worth it?"
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