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Patrick Ortman
Re: Grinding back when good clients start to Grind
on Jun 24, 2010 at 12:29:03 am

>>BTW another thing clients can do is chew up your time in back and forth unnecessary conversations. One has to measure time in total in figuring the value of the work. I have other work to do and I may not be able to talk to him at his convenience on what I consider and unpaid bill at this point. <<

It's so easy to fall for this, though. I have had too many situations (especially this year) where I have spoken with a potential client, then attended a meeting with her higher-ups, then presented multiple estimates (and sometimes full proposals!), hoping to land business.

It gets really easy, the more you feel invested with someone, to give them huge amounts of back and forth, unnecessary conversations for free. But like anything, you (and by you, I mean me, actually!) need to do like you've done and set a line in the sand. Once they cross it, they're officially a grinder and not worth the time.

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