I run an extremely successful social media advisory business. A friend of mine called in a favor and got me to take a meeting with a large company. I made some time for it, thinking that this company could be a good long term contract.
Client: I had a look at your portfolio. It’s great. We want to bring you on board.
Me: That’s fabulous! I’ll draw up a contract.
Client: No, we want to hire you permanently. The hours are 9am-5pm.
Me: Oh…I don’t really do that. I’m a freelancer.
Client: It’s a good gig. Just one thing. I don’t have the money to pay you as an advisor. I can only pay you as a receptionist.
Me: No, I can’t do that sorry.
Client: It’s good money! $20 an hour! You shouldn’t turn that down. You probably need the work.
Me: I have to go.