I received an email from someone inquiring about Â my services. Â There was something about the email that was too direct – too little information – to make me feel comfortable. Â I called and got voice mail so I left a message and we played phone tag. Â When we finally connected, I did not have a good feeling about him at all. Â From the first email there was no attempt to build a relationship, establish a connection or further a discussion. Â Looking at the company’s website, it gave the same impression. Â Lots of ways to communicate via the web and email, but very little to invite a relationship or establish a connection with people. Â I got the sense that candidates are numbers and clients are just a little better than that. Â Since this isn’t my type of customer, I didn’t pursue the conversation or try to solidify the deal. Â He determined we weren’t a good fit and we went our separate ways.
As a small business owner, walking away from potential business is tough. Â There’s always the “what if” game going on in your head. Â In the past I have had prospects who worried me regarding follow through or payment and addressed those issues in the proposal (which turned out very well). Â But this one just didn’t feel right. Â I wasn’t convinced I would enjoy working with this individual nor would I provide him the kind of service he needed – he just wouldn’t get what I was talking about. Â So I walked away as professionally as I knew how.
It is very tough to recognize that not everyone is right for one’s services. Â But there are some needs that aren’t a fit. Â When it doesn’t feel right, the best thing to do is to move on – it is a better solution for both parties. Â So don’t be afraid to walk away if it doesn’t feel right. Â And if you need someone to tell you that again, give me a call. Â I know this is tough!