“Never say no to money…”
This happened during my early freelancing days.
I spoke to a prospect for web copy.
The prospect said, “I’m traveling for a few days; I’ll pay ₹1000 now. I’ll pay the rest once I’m back next week.”
I thought: ₹1000 is a small amount.
So I emailed the prospect:
“It’s okay, you may pay the whole amount together.”
Later that day, I shared this conversation with my dad.
My dad said, “NEVER say no to money.”
I didn’t really understand what my dad meant.
Soon, it started to make sense.
The prospect stopped replying to my emails and the deal never happened.
That’s when I realised:
If I had accepted the “small” amount of ₹1000,
the prospect would have:
– been invested in the project
– not let his initial investment go waste
– completed the project & paid the balance amount.
By not accepting that ₹1000, I refused the client’s commitment to work with me.
This was a life-changing lesson.
What lesson(s) did you learn when you began freelancing?
P.S. Never say no to money
~ My dad