I have not blogged in a very long time. No worries because I have zero readers.
Well as it turns out, I do in fact have readers and many are prospective clients practicing due diligence by researching me.
Congratulations on passing step 1 of my client vetting process. Please know that I routinely check my logs to see if prospective new clients have invested the time to learn about me. One of the joys of being self-employed is that I can turn down work if I think the project is not right or if the client exhibits warning signals.
In an attempt to preserve my sanity and financial solvency I’ve developed an informal and growing list of client validation “steps” including but not limited to the following:
Step 2: Show up on time for meetings. I’m guessing that you want your work done on time. So do my other clients. Unless you have a “Dr” or “DVM” attached to your name you should respect the value of my time and your own by not being late. If you are late to our initial meeting I’ll be highly disinclined to work with you.
Step 3: Reply to communications in a timely fashion. Waiting several days to reply then expecting me to jump as soon as I hear from you does not bode well for the future.
Step 4: Demonstrate some degree of ability to communicate in a clear, concise and specific manner.
Step 5: Listen attentively, read thoroughly and ask questions if you are unclear. You will be paying me for my time and expertise so why not make the most of that investment by actually reading your emails.
To be sure, I’m always willing to make exceptions for each of the above deficiencies but most are simply signs of laziness or a lack of engagement and if I wanted to work with people like that I’d go back to working for the man.