The ugly girl quitting you

I don’t know how many of you out there are self-employed like I am so I’m not sure if you’ll be able to relate but follow along anyway. I was not in the best of moods yesterday and I’ve got to say that’s abnormal for me. On any given day you will find me smiling, laughing, and generally enjoying life. However, yesterday dealt me a curve that I was unprepared for. It was all over a business deal.

I had been referred to a client and all the initial meetings went beyond great. They loved me and were prepared to compensate me at my rate without question. I was a little weary of the fact that they were a dot-com company that really looked like a rip off of another company that I will remain nameless. However, I figured I’d give it a go. The next thing I know I got a call that they had a smaller budget than expected and could I come down off my rate a bit. Reluctantly, I decided that I wanted to take it just for the challenges they were experiencing. That afternoon, the owners of the company were there and decided they wanted to talk with me. I could barely understand them through their accents but I felt I had outstanding answers to their questions.

The next morning I was leaving the house at 7am and called the guy who referred me to them because he was going to since he was trying to work another deal with them as well. To my shock he’d found out even earlier that morning that they decided they didn’t want me and cancelled the contract.

“They can’t do that to me!” I thought. “I was helping them out. I even lowered my rate!” That’s like going out with someone that you know is ugly out of the kindness of your heart then they dump you. The ugly girl can’t dump me! I should have dumped the ugly girl before she was in a position of power.

Don’t be like me. I felt this was a bad match because of my instincts telling me that they were not the right kind of people for me but I still settled on my rate. Stick firm to your instincts in situations like this. In retrospect I lost more money by booking them for time that I could have been somewhere else.

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