Client: We’re so glad that you’ll be joining our team! Our business has become really busy lately – it’s a local favorite because we provide awesome service.
Me: Thanks, happy to be here. Just to confirm, we agreed to an hourly rate of XX per hour, correct?
Client: Yes… We wish we could pay you more, but none of us are really making it here. We do the best with what we’ve got, but as a small business, we can’t afford to pay our team any more than a basic living wage. We give small raises of maybe 75 cents to a dollar more an hour every few years, though.
What an inspiring welcome as I build my career….