What do you do when people just don’t value your time?
For example, even if you don’t offer coaching… some people feel you ‘owe’ them personal consulting because they purchased your $2.99 ebook.
Or perhaps it’s a client or business associate who goes over the line.
I honestly don’t have to deal with this problem much anymore.
But I had it BAD years ago.
I wasted hours every day in unpaid conversations by email and phone with people who never even became customers.
The disease I had was “Nice Guy Syndrome.”
One of the subtle symptoms is a feeling of responsibility to answer every email and every phone call that comes in personally.
It meant I invested myself in thousands of people…many of which had never even purchased anything from me.
I thought all this free advice would really help people, but the reality was I simply didn’t understand human nature.
Rarely do we value what’s given for free.
For example, have you ever tried to give business advice to a friend of family member?
Sure, you may have that rare gem who takes what you share with them and runs with it, but it’s much more common where they nod their head as you speak and then go do what they wanted anyway.
I remember the subscriber who I gave tons of free advice personally…until one day they told me they hired a competitor as their coach.
It felt like I’d been slapped. But of course they hired someone else. I was already coaching them for free. Why would they ever pay for it?
But I haven’t had to deal with this issue much in years.
Yes, I give free advice in my emails…but these emails can be delivered to tens of thousands of readers at once.
Step one is valuing your own time.
Just by setting up an hourly consulting rate or an organized coaching program, you solve half the battle.
You can now point to your consulting or coaching whenever anything veers into that territory. And you can set very specific conditions on your coaching along with who you accept and don’t accept.
Once you value your own time, others will start valuing it as well.
On the rare occasion a business friend or client goes a little too far…you can and should set clear boundaries. This is important!
Remind people of how you operate. For example, with new clients I always tell them how and when I respond.
I do the same with joint venture partners and business friends. They know when they can expect a response from me and when they can’t.
A lot of this comes back to knowing what you want your Internet Lifestyle to look like.
If you’re not clear on this yourself, how can you explain it to anyone else?
The 2nd big secret to escaping the ‘time suckers’ is to position yourself correctly.
While Autoresponder Alchemy focuses on writing effective emails that convert subscribers into buyers, it also goes much further than this.
It also helps you understand your bulls-eye customer and brand yourself as an in-demand trusted adviser to your market.
You’ll be amazed at how different doing business online feels when you’re positioned correctly…especially if you use the step-by-step email system I’ve put together for you.