These are real things that clients – and potential clients – have said to me over the years. And you can see why the potential clients didn’t turn into actual clients.
‘Sorry it’s taken us so long to go through the copy. However, we can’t move the deadline, so can you turn it round for us really quickly?’
‘I really like your work but you’re too expensive for me. Can you recommend anyone cheaper?’
‘I know it’s Friday lunchtime but can you work over the weekend and get this to us on Monday morning?’ To which I replied: ‘No problem. I charge double for weekend working.’ To which the client replied: ‘I’m sure it can wait until Wednesday.’
‘Thanks for your quote. Now can you give me a really good discount?’
‘Sorry we haven’t paid you yet but we posted a new cheque book to our accounts lady and the postman’s cart was stolen.’
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