I worked at an office with a young woman who had recently started a freelance graphic design and copywriting business, which she worked on during her “free time”. It was a common occurrence to spot her in the kitchen with her personal laptop working on something for a client during lunch. One Friday, I walked into the kitchen just as she was closing her laptop.
Me: Hey! How’s business?
Her: It’s great! I’ve been busy! I just finished writing 5 posts for a client. I’ve sent them the file and now I’m looking forward to relaxing, since I took this weekend off from everything!
Memories of CFH stories began swirling around in my brain when I realized she sent all 5 posts to the client in a single word file, but I shrugged them off. Surely her client would realize there are 5 separate posts there…right?
I pass her in the hall about 2 hours later:
Her: You know that client I finished the posts for at lunch? They replied to my email accusing me of trying to rip them off! I had to save separate word files for each of the 5 posts and send them in a new email so they’d believe that I wrote more than 1 post!
Me: What happened after you sent the new email?
Her: They were happy and they paid the remaining balance within 15 minutes!
After commiserating for another minute or two, we continued our opposite ways down the hall. I heard her mutter “I can’t believe I had to do that…” as she rounded the corner.
Before leaving that day, I left a note on her desk telling her to check out CFH.