Recently I had a prospective client buzzing around me wanting to feel me out for my services. He's sort of a jack of all trades (you know the type) that approached me about building a website for him as well as needing advice on other business matters. So after a short discussion letting him know how I work, my fees, and contract, I told him that I would follow up with a formal meeting request so that we could discuss his needs in further detail. Oh, there's one other detail I forgot to mention, we work together. So every time I would set an outside appointment for us, he would ask for a reschedule BUT would continue to stop by my office frequently throughout the week for several weeks to ask me for input on his side business. Now I entertained this a couple of times but quickly figured out where this was going...NOWHERE!
So today after another approach of "hey can you take a look at my brochure?", I said "Bu-Bye!" to him. The look of shock on his face was classic but really he shouldn't be surprised that any business person would allow things to continue in that way. I want to respect your time so please don't disrespect mine. Time is money!