“Shreya, we love your work. Please go through this company profile and edit it. It’s just a matter of 10 mins…”
I had just submitted my first blog to a client, when I got this response.
He had paid the advance promptly.
I checked the document of the company profile.
It was 2 pages long in font size 9.
I reviewed the work and quoted my fee.
He responded with many appreciative words, praising my approach and work, only to conclude that he was ‘not sold.’
Seems pretty normal right?
Watch out for:
1. Too much praise too soon
– It was just 1 blog!
2. Unwarranted praise
– Flattery, only to ignore/dismiss everything you say/do.
3. Undervaluing work
– “just a matter of 10 mins”, “a simple edit”, “it’s not hard”, “whip something up”… constantly belittling your work.
But, he had made the payment on time… that’s all that matters, right?
Soon, he questioned all the work I did.
He brought up issues on things that he had already signed and agreed upon.
Eventually, he broke the contract halfway.
Lesson? Timely payment does not entitle a client to freebies.
Don’t get manipulated by appreciation.
Fake appreciation cannot replace payment.
P.S. You are rich only when you are willing to walk away from the money!