Just Say “No”
Posted on 03 June 2010
One of the things that frustrates freelancers and small business people, is clients who are a hassle or who pay late or who ask for some super special deal and promise to “make it up to you on the next job.” When you’re hungry you look for jobs and will do just about anything for very little money. This concept is amazingly foreign to lots of folks (it’s hard for me sometimes) but when you weigh the real benefits of doing a job, not just the possible benefits, if the real value to you is small or questionable, turn down the work. No need to be rude. Just apologize and let the person know that you’re really busy currently and you just can’t afford to take on that particular project.
You might just be surprised at what happens next. It will do great things for your confidence. It will keep you from wasting your time on jobs that devour your time and energy. It will keep you from working on projects that put you in a bad mood because the whole time you’re thinking, ‘this just isn’t worth it!’ And they might even come back to you with a counter offer to make it worth your while. Either way, sometimes a simple “no” is the best course of action.