A while back I got an email from someone who wanted to meet with me so he could ask some questions. Think about what he was asking: He wanted me to get in my car and drive somewhere to meet up with him, so I could give him answers–for free, of course–that he could have gotten by buying my book. But the book would cost him a few bucks, so that was not a good solution.
I thought I would be nice, so I asked him to email a couple of questions that I would answer for him. He insisted that we had to meet and discuss this in person. Well, I don’t even do paid consultations in person any more, so I told him we could set up a telephone consultation and told him my rates. His response? “Well, if you are going to charge me, forget it!”
That is the kind of “customer” that I am more than happy to see go. In fact, I would gladly have given him the names of a few of my competitors so he could waste their time instead of mine. (Nah, that would be bad karma. ;o) )
There is nothing wrong with giving away some things for free, whether you are establishing a new business or you have been around for ages. [Read more…]