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Well done!
You're an inspiration.
I hope some action fakers see this & get off their butts.
Tip: When staring at your lead's number on your phone instead of having pretend-conversations and making needless preparations, which is just procrastination, have your hand push the call button and roll with it, just like you would with a cold shower - don't build up to it, just instantly crank the knob to freezing cold water.
From now on you'll be known as
St. Simeon, Guardian Angel of Action Fakers
So right now I am selling ads. If the prospect wants ads, but their site is trash I tell them the ads won't be effective and money would be wasted without a landing page that is able to convert the traffic they pay for. That's exactly how I made my second sale.
Or maybe The Bulgarian Black
Seeing as you're following in Andy's footsteps

And if three action fakers start executing we'll call them Andy's Angels
In honour of you both
 

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Not to detract from @Odysseus M Jones's wit however I finished calling all but one of the 8 agencies I had written down today and managed to arrange a total of 4 meetings with the decision makers. One of them is tomorrow!

I am both excited and surprised at the same time.

The reason I didn't call the 8th one is because we're a fairly small city and if I can close 1 to 2 deals from these 4 meetings that would be great.. but if I run campaigns for 3 or more clients that are all competing with eachother in the same industry and in the same city then I'd be going full Machiavelli.
 
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Woke up with a pulsating earache and damn vertigo, no idea why.

Might've been the binaural beats I'd been listening to these past few days.. I also already evaluated the likelihood of it being corona.


Called the prospect I was supposed to be meeting..

..And they said they're unable to meet me today as they're driving to X city (sounded in a hurry) and offered to do it tomorrow instead.

I agreed and assured him that I'll take responsibility to contact them tomorrow morning so that we could agree on a time and place that works for us.

One small issue though. I've got another meeting appointed for Wednesday (tomorrow)

I'll either have to be flexible and meet both of them or postpone one for the next day. Will improvize tomorrow with this.


I haven't managed to do much else today thanks to this damn ear..

Light, sound and even the smell of my own farts would trigger dizziness. I did watch about an hour of the Google Adwords course but ultimately ended up just drinking a lot of water and waiting for the curse of The Binaural Beetlejuice to go away.


I did set up conversion tracking for phone calls for my cleaning company client.

Traffic has been steadily growing, too, a really hard and impressive feat when there's 0 competition (literally).

Fortunately, the cursed ear thing did go away at about 6PM after invoking the Law of Attraction (thanks Napoleon Hill).

I worked out and cooked dinner as celebration.
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Going to catch up on the Google Ads course for the next few hours
before bed and visualize how I'm going to close my first RE client tomorrow for some sweet MRR (with a website redesign upsell as the current one isn't even mobile responsive).


In the meanwhile, here's what I listen to when I'm visualizing my rise to success and pretending I'm a mobster in the 50s in a jazz club with an unlit cigar as my girlfriend sits next to me.

Why unlit? Because I have Crohn's disease and smoking is bad (unless it's weed):



I am very aware that I suck at formating. This has been my 5th edit.
 
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You had vertigo and ear ache and still managed to watch an hour of Google Ads course? You’re a glutton for punishment!
 
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You had vertigo and ear ache and still managed to watch an hour of Google Ads course? You’re a glutton for punishment!
I feel like you're busting my balls, but to be fair it was also 35 C today and I lose the majority of my brain function in the heat.

Like, my IQ drops from Genius to just Gifted.

And you already know I ain't paying that AC money.
 

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I feel like you're busting my balls, but to be fair it was also 35 C today and I lose the majority of my brain function in the heat.

Like, my IQ drops from Genius to just Gifted.

And you already know I ain't paying that AC money.
Wasn’t busting anything. Just impressed. ; )
 
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Update:
I had the weird ear fluttering and vertigo for two days in a row. Woke up next to my girlfriend this morning, and what do you know, it was there again. I used my extremely high IQ and noticed a pattern:

I woke up a good 10 times that night because it was hot. For the majority of the night I laid on my left side (the right ear is problematic). I was fine. Even at 4 AM I was fine.

Around 7 AM, however, I wasn't. It was back. But I was laying on my right side. I got severely pissed off and laid on my left and told myself "this is the sole reason". Suprisingly, I woke up at 8 with no vertigo and no fluttering. Yeah, I don't know either.

Anyway..

Of the 2 meetings that I was supposed to go on Wednesday, the prospect with whom we rescheduled to meet on the next day said he's too busy and travelling to whatever place again.

I proposed we reschedule again for another day this week. He cut me off and said he has my contact info and will call when he's free, in a rather irritable tone. Which means "F*ck off kid, I'm not interested anymore lol". That's fine, can't have them all.

Then I called Prospect Nr. 2 and as you may have already guessed, he was also too busy.

We rescheduled for the next day as well (Thursday) at a cafe at 11 AM. I followed up with him at around 10 AM today to make sure our arrangement is still on and he confirmed he'll be there "At 11 AM. But it could be 11-something too".


- "Sure, let me know 15-20 minutes in advance"

"Ok, deal".

I waited until 11 at first. No call.

At around 11:10 I began walking towards the cafe just to make sure in case he forgets to let me know in advance (15-20 minutes from my apartment, it was 35 C and I wore jeans and a shirt, sweatier than an a$$ crack) and in an effort to be close to the cafe when he calls me but without spending money on a taxi (I am.. quite broke) and I got there at around 11:30. Still no call.

I wrote him a text that I'm currently in the area near the cafe.. no reply, no call-back.

I went inside and ordered a water.

40 minutes later - he was a no-show. Disappointing and disrespectful, I guess. I left a tip for the waitress and walked back home, still sweating profusely.

At this point I've told myself I MUST find and help a real estate agency just to spite those that have turned me down.

I want to help their "meh competition" become a real problem for them.

But wait, there's more..
I ultimately decided not to work the insurance job my girl's father offered me. I felt it would take too much of my time and I wanted to pursue this instead.

Yeah, getting ghosted on a meeting.

And probably the most concerning of all - some of my friends have been diagnosed with COVID-19. I've been in close contact, and I'm worrying for everyone, including myself like a mom.

Doubt, depression and dread are creeping up on my psyche. I have to pick up the phone tomorrow and call again though, I really don't have a choice since I declined the job and I'm broke + passively in debt due to my mother's loans. Maybe I'm an idiot.

And my a**hole mind keeps coming up with these worst-case scenarios and flooding my thought processes with them.

I don't want to sound like a wuss, but I have no psychological support here at home and I've been known to worry myself to the point of getting sick. In fact, a big reason I want to move so badly is because my mental health is deteriorating here at home. I'm remaining stoic for the most part, though.

Until next time..
 

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Thank you for a much valuable thread @Simon Angel!
I’m also in the stages of starting my webdesign business, but still looking for my first client.
I thought i was taking consistent action, and primarily doing cold emails without much results. Your thread and sharing of your process have given me a kick in the right direction, and I’ll begin to do cold calls instead on a consistent basis. So again, thank you for sharing!

A quick question: Do you have a system for all the prospecting you do? A system which helps you keep track of who you’ve contacted, and when to follow up?
 

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Thanks man, nice name!
In England at school they'd have called him Velikan the Pelican.
Kids are so cruel.
Just trying to cheer you up.
Remember, it's all in the mind.
Reality doesn't change, it's how you perceive it that does.

Thank you for a much valuable thread @Simon Angel!
I’m also in the stages of starting my webdesign business, but still looking for my first client.
I thought i was taking consistent action, and primarily doing cold emails without much results. Your thread and sharing of your process have given me a kick in the right direction, and I’ll begin to do cold calls instead on a consistent basis. So again, thank you for sharing!

A quick question: Do you have a system for all the prospecting you do? A system which helps you keep track of who you’ve contacted, and when to follow up?
Oh dude, 8 posts & still parked, they're cruel here too.
You see here likes are currency & they're stingy with them even though they're free to give.
Unless you're an epic legendary then your followers like anything you post.
That's more about the fanboy culture though.
 

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Oh dude, 8 posts & still parked, they're cruel here too.
You see here likes are currency & they're stingy with them even though they're free to give.
Unless you're an epic legendary then your followers like anything you post.
That's more about the fanboy culture though.
Ha! Thank you for the moral support and the likes. If likes is currency here, i just have to be more valuable and contributive!
 
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Thank you for a much valuable thread @Simon Angel!
I’m also in the stages of starting my webdesign business, but still looking for my first client.
I thought i was taking consistent action, and primarily doing cold emails without much results. Your thread and sharing of your process have given me a kick in the right direction, and I’ll begin to do cold calls instead on a consistent basis. So again, thank you for sharing!

A quick question: Do you have a system for all the prospecting you do? A system which helps you keep track of who you’ve contacted, and when to follow up?
I try to keep it simple by creating a contact in my phone of the person I'm going to have a meeting with, and setting up an alarm for the day we scheduled, one hour in advance.

Plus I'm excited about going on a meeting so it's on my mind every 30 minutes or so until it happens.

If you're talking about following-up I try to close for a meet up on the first call, but I don't sell them anything except the idea of making more money, optimizing/lowering their ad spend and etc.

I only got overwhelmed doing this once because I booked 4 meetings in just a day and 2 of the business owners had the same name. Wasn't a big issue though and I believe I sent myself a few lines of text on Messenger on who to call and when to call them + their company name.


@Odysseus M Jones Thanks for the cheer up brozinski, I appreciate it.

What the F*ck do you do though? Apart from being a professional memer. Your mystique.. it bothers me.
 
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Had a whoopise-daisy moment today.
Apparently my conversion tracking for phone calls from website had not been working exactly as intended..

My ad manager was showing me that my client had been having upwards of 10-15 calls per day for just $2-3 of ad spend..and he had kept all this a secret from me?!

Just as I was about to make a phone call to demand $2 googolplex per month for my epic service and become the most successful fastlane story in the forum, it hit me.. I was tracking page views instead.

I'm not dumb, okay, it's really hard.

Anyway..
I have sinced fixed this gross misunderstanding and demanded 20K instead. Just kidding. I wish.

I sorted out the conversion tracking and will be monitoring closely.

Researched some more RE agencies today and after extensive back and forth with Google I managed to find the biggest RE agency here's owner's phone number. Epic action taking right here folks. A whole number. And of course they aren't running any ads, though they do have a global site tag installed + Google Analytics.

Mark my words, I shall soon lay waste on all other local RE agencies with my superior Google Ads spartan training.

Oh and I started working on Plumber #2's website (we will be running ads to it after completion too).

I might eat fecal matter for this but he's paying 50% on Monday while I'm beginning work tonight, in advance. Here in Bulgaria we usually come face to face before shaking hands on a deal while this deal was closed entirely over the phone.. so I had to lower the risk for the client by increasing my own.

If only people would start attending my F*cking meetings.

But wait, there's more!
Since this is my #100th post in the forum, I'm about to get very personal and share my most favorite song ever.

You know, that one song you could listen 10 000 times and still get goose bumps when it plays faintly from a store or in a movie scene?

The one that plays in your head whenever you're happy, depressed, horny, miserable, daydreaming about your future success, etc.

THIS is THE song for me:


And yeah I know it's not my 100th post. But it's my thread and I do what I want.
 
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Update:
Cleaning service client get many phone call today. 4 maybe-clients!

He very happy! We continue google ad thing.

Plumber #2 send first money today, after 25 follow up call. He now official client for me. Me happy.

Me had 38 call today, head hurt. Boring stuff.. but got new client!

But there more!!

Later call big house sell agency. They pick up phone..

Me: "Hi, you want make big money? Me found way, pls meet soon"

Business man: "What you mean? Sound interest for me"

Me: "Me find loophole. You and other house seller no use epic method. Big money on table, need meet for say more!"

Business man: "Me agree"

Me: "When free?"

Business man: "Weddingsday 9 in morning"

Me: "Ok. Me call you for arrange"

Business man: "Yes"

Me: "Bye"

Business man: "Hello"

*epic call end*

Potential client say he have 700-800 unique click every day on site. Big click, right?

But me ask how many conversion, how many phone ring? He say, me quote, "many little"..

Me think potential client have bad site. It no optimize for phone. Many hard to use. No phone ring button.

This is problem. Smell poopy.

Me wanted offer google ad thing. But if we get more click, convert still low with now-site. No good right?

So me want upsell new site. Everhow, the project intimade I. And me get flybutter in stomach..

But me going to meet anyway. Hope potential client come also this time.

I visualize good thing before the sleep tonight.
Everyway..
Very producting day for I. But me feel empty. Dont know why. Melonholy.

Hope me make you laugh though.

Hello.
 

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Hey Simon, any update on this?

Your last post reads kind of funny in broken English, considering all the previous replies were spot on...I thought that was a bit weird, unless I didn't catch the sarcasm?

Would be great to know if you have made any progress.
 
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Hey Simon, any update on this?

Your last post reads kind of funny in broken English, considering all the previous replies were spot on...I thought that was a bit weird, unless I didn't catch the sarcasm?

Would be great to know if you have made any progress.
Hi @Blackman, currently dealing with a shitty client (Plumber Nr.2). Might not get paid in full, but the odds are I will be.

I spent a lot of time talking to him, his previous web designer, arranging deals between them (which got nothing to do with me) just to make the process more efficient and less daunting for them both. He ended up not fulfilling his part of the deal, while I did and overdid.

The deal was 50% of the payment before beginning our website redesign project, 50% after completion and launch. I did my part, he took a step back and started negotiating like a mad man when I called him:

"Hi, the site has been launched, you've now got A, B, C, I did X so now you'll be getting more Y and Z, etc, etc. As the project is finished, feel free to deposit the remainder of the arranged payment."

- "Ok, so, yeah.. let's wait a week or two and see if there's more visitors to the site than before, more calls, you know?"

"You're saying you want to hold onto the rest of the payment, even though I've fulfilled my end of the deal in full + more, is that right?"

- "No, no, you'll get paid.. let's just wait a little and see.."

"Sorry, that's not how I do business and that wasn't part of our deal. I don't think having our relationship go sour is the way to go right now, so if you would proceed by sending the rest of the money you owe me, we can discuss going the next level and adding PPC ads into the mix."

- "Look, you convinced me over the phone I'll have results, right? So I want to see those results first."

"Yeah, except that wasn't part of our deal. The deal was half the payment before starting the project, the rest after completion and live launch. Which, as you can see, I've followed through with. You're withholding my payment and expect us to continue working together?

- "Bla bla bla, is this amount of money really that a big deal to you, because it's not for me, bla bla bla, I've got clients I've been working for 7-8 months and they've yet to pay me.. etc"

"I don't see how this has anything to do with our deal. You gave me you word, and so did I, you trusted me to get the job done and I did, so I'd like you to pay me today."

*more of the same shitfest for 30 minutes or so*

I don't know if he's sent me the money or not. I told him to call after he does. He said he'll do it today. Hasn't called.

I learned a lot though. I want to say my client is a F*cking idiot, but if we back to the root cause of the problem, it's that I chose him, so it's my fault. I need to find better clients. Like the RE agency where the CEO was very up to date with digital marketing, so I could just speak freely without dumbing down every word that comes out of my mouth and still be misunderstood.

In regards to the RE agency meeting, it did occur. Here's what happened: How To Help This RE Business Owner And Add Vlaue During The COVID-19 Recession? (With Details Inside)

I have not cold called much after this. In fact, I've been slacking - spent time with friends, played cards and went to pool parties. I still haven't completed my Google Ads course, but it's probably more of the fact I'm pretty confident with my skills as is (which is just ego talk) rather than being lazy. I'm also in the process of selling my car.

It's been hard. On one hand I want to succeed and be financially independent and free, on the other hand my mother has really bad debt that has to be paid and she won't be able to by herself.. at the same time she's pretty abusive to me and I want to move.

And then there's also my girl - let's go here, let's go there. I sometimes get aches and pains due to the stress and It gets overwhelming but I'm not backing down and will learn to manage this.

The goal I've set at the moment is finding E-commerce clients as that's where I come from and I feel confident I can help business owners scale their stores from let's say 4 figures a month to 5, 6 and even 7. @Phikey has lead the way and opened the door for me to do so with his knowledge and insight - he is probably one of the highest earners in the forum and has spent a decent amount of his time helping me, a random guy.

Anyways, I haven't been able to sleep well lately - having weird dreams or all-out nightmares, grinding my teeth a lot. The grinding ended up being the cause of my previously unexplained vertigo and ear fluttering. I drink lemon balm tea before bed to ease the nerves.

What about you?
 

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I had a similar experience with a prospect, not even a client, about 2 months ago.

I promoted his business completely free of charge, spending my own money, referred him 5 customers, which all turned into decent jobs, but then he wanted me to keep doing this, despite my attempts to explain to him that advertising costs money and I don't run a charity shop.

Anyway, I'm still prospecting, but changed my strategy from cold-calling to forum marketing - feels like that I'm not doing much compared to cold-calling, so let's see if this will produce better results or not.
 

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Hi @Blackman, currently dealing with a shitty client (Plumber Nr.2). Might not get paid in full, but the odds are I will be.

I spent a lot of time talking to him, his previous web designer, arranging deals between them (which got nothing to do with me) just to make the process more efficient and less daunting for them both. He ended up not fulfilling his part of the deal, while I did and overdid.

The deal was 50% of the payment before beginning our website redesign project, 50% after completion and launch. I did my part, he took a step back and started negotiating like a mad man when I called him:

"Hi, the site has been launched, you've now got A, B, C, I did X so now you'll be getting more Y and Z, etc, etc. As the project is finished, feel free to deposit the remainder of the arranged payment."

- "Ok, so, yeah.. let's wait a week or two and see if there's more visitors to the site than before, more calls, you know?"

"You're saying you want to hold onto the rest of the payment, even though I've fulfilled my end of the deal in full + more, is that right?"

- "No, no, you'll get paid.. let's just wait a little and see.."

"Sorry, that's not how I do business and that wasn't part of our deal. I don't think having our relationship go sour is the way to go right now, so if you would proceed by sending the rest of the money you owe me, we can discuss going the next level and adding PPC ads into the mix."

- "Look, you convinced me over the phone I'll have results, right? So I want to see those results first."

"Yeah, except that wasn't part of our deal. The deal was half the payment before starting the project, the rest after completion and live launch. Which, as you can see, I've followed through with. You're withholding my payment and expect us to continue working together?

- "Bla bla bla, is this amount of money really that a big deal to you, because it's not for me, bla bla bla, I've got clients I've been working for 7-8 months and they've yet to pay me.. etc"

"I don't see how this has anything to do with our deal. You gave me you word, and so did I, you trusted me to get the job done and I did, so I'd like you to pay me today."

*more of the same shitfest for 30 minutes or so*

I don't know if he's sent me the money or not. I told him to call after he does. He said he'll It's been hard. On one hand I want to succeed and be financially independent and free, on the other hand my mother has really bad debt that has to be paid and she won't be able to by herself.. at the same time she's pretty abusive to me and I want to move.

And then there's also my girl - let's go here, let's go there. I sometimes get aches and pains due to the stress and It gets overwhelming but I'm not backing down and will learn to manage this.
Hi @Blackman, currently dealing with a shitty client (Plumber Nr.2). Might not get paid in full, but the odds are I will be.

I spent a lot of time talking to him, his previous web designer, arranging deals between them (which got nothing to do with me) just to make the process more efficient and less daunting for them both. He ended up not fulfilling his part of the deal, while I did and overdid.

The deal was 50% of the payment before beginning our website redesign project, 50% after completion and launch. I did my part, he took a step back and started negotiating like a mad man when I called him:

"Hi, the site has been launched, you've now got A, B, C, I did X so now you'll be getting more Y and Z, etc, etc. As the project is finished, feel free to deposit the remainder of the arranged payment."

- "Ok, so, yeah.. let's wait a week or two and see if there's more visitors to the site than before, more calls, you know?"

"You're saying you want to hold onto the rest of the payment, even though I've fulfilled my end of the deal in full + more, is that right?"

- "No, no, you'll get paid.. let's just wait a little and see.."

"Sorry, that's not how I do business and that wasn't part of our deal. I don't think having our relationship go sour is the way to go right now, so if you would proceed by sending the rest of the money you owe me, we can discuss going the next level and adding PPC ads into the mix."

- "Look, you convinced me over the phone I'll have results, right? So I want to see those results first."

"Yeah, except that wasn't part of our deal. The deal was half the payment before starting the project, the rest after completion and live launch. Which, as you can see, I've followed through with. You're withholding my payment and expect us to continue working together?

- "Bla bla bla, is this amount of money really that a big deal to you, because it's not for me, bla bla bla, I've got clients I've been working for 7-8 months and they've yet to pay me.. etc"

"I don't see how this has anything to do with our deal. You gave me you word, and so did I, you trusted me to get the job done and I did, so I'd like you to pay me today."

*more of the same shitfest for 30 minutes or so*

I don't know if he's sent me the money or not. I told him to call after he does. He said he'll do it today. Hasn't called.

I learned a lot though. I want to say my client is a F*cking idiot, but if we back to the root cause of the problem, it's that I chose him, so it's my fault. I need to find better clients. Like the RE agency where the CEO was very up to date with digital marketing, so I could just speak freely without dumbing down every word that comes out of my mouth and still be misunderstood.

In regards to the RE agency meeting, it did occur. Here's what happened: How To Help This RE Business Owner And Add Vlaue During The COVID-19 Recession? (With Details Inside)

I have not cold called much after this. In fact, I've been slacking - spent time with friends, played cards and went to pool parties. I still haven't completed my Google Ads course, but it's probably more of the fact I'm pretty confident with my skills as is (which is just ego talk) rather than being lazy. I'm also in the process of selling my car.

It's been hard. On one hand I want to succeed and be financially independent and free, on the other hand my mother has really bad debt that has to be paid and she won't be able to by herself.. at the same time she's pretty abusive to me and I want to move.

And then there's also my girl - let's go here, let's go there. I sometimes get aches and pains due to the stress and It gets overwhelming but I'm not backing down and will learn to manage this.

The goal I've set at the moment is finding E-commerce clients as that's where I come from and I feel confident I can help business owners scale their stores from let's say 4 figures a month to 5, 6 and even 7. @Phikey has lead the way and opened the door for me to do so with his knowledge and insight - he is probably one of the highest earners in the forum and has spent a decent amount of his time helping me, a random guy.

Anyways, I haven't been able to sleep well lately - having weird dreams or all-out nightmares, grinding my teeth a lot. The grinding ended up being the cause of my previously unexplained vertigo and ear fluttering. I drink lemon balm tea before bed to ease the nerves.

What about you?
Wow I definitely understand what you mean when you say your girl gets in the way of your focus and time spent on your business, friends can also do the same thing.

I recently started a web design business and it blows my mind how many bad websites are out there that need fixing, just with cold emailing for 2 to 3 days.. I noticed so many broken links, contact forms don’t work, wrong contact email listed on the websites, no email listed for contact on the website and such.. I could go on and on but you get the point! So much opportunity for work right now with web design and seo for business that are losing money by not stepping up there online presence!
 

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Hi @Blackman, currently dealing with a shitty client (Plumber Nr.2). Might not get paid in full, but the odds are I will be.

I spent a lot of time talking to him, his previous web designer, arranging deals between them (which got nothing to do with me) just to make the process more efficient and less daunting for them both. He ended up not fulfilling his part of the deal, while I did and overdid.

The deal was 50% of the payment before beginning our website redesign project, 50% after completion and launch. I did my part, he took a step back and started negotiating like a mad man when I called him:

"Hi, the site has been launched, you've now got A, B, C, I did X so now you'll be getting more Y and Z, etc, etc. As the project is finished, feel free to deposit the remainder of the arranged payment."

- "Ok, so, yeah.. let's wait a week or two and see if there's more visitors to the site than before, more calls, you know?"

"You're saying you want to hold onto the rest of the payment, even though I've fulfilled my end of the deal in full + more, is that right?"

- "No, no, you'll get paid.. let's just wait a little and see.."

"Sorry, that's not how I do business and that wasn't part of our deal. I don't think having our relationship go sour is the way to go right now, so if you would proceed by sending the rest of the money you owe me, we can discuss going the next level and adding PPC ads into the mix."

- "Look, you convinced me over the phone I'll have results, right? So I want to see those results first."

"Yeah, except that wasn't part of our deal. The deal was half the payment before starting the project, the rest after completion and live launch. Which, as you can see, I've followed through with. You're withholding my payment and expect us to continue working together?

- "Bla bla bla, is this amount of money really that a big deal to you, because it's not for me, bla bla bla, I've got clients I've been working for 7-8 months and they've yet to pay me.. etc"

"I don't see how this has anything to do with our deal. You gave me you word, and so did I, you trusted me to get the job done and I did, so I'd like you to pay me today."

*more of the same shitfest for 30 minutes or so*

I don't know if he's sent me the money or not. I told him to call after he does. He said he'll do it today. Hasn't called.

I learned a lot though. I want to say my client is a F*cking idiot, but if we back to the root cause of the problem, it's that I chose him, so it's my fault. I need to find better clients. Like the RE agency where the CEO was very up to date with digital marketing, so I could just speak freely without dumbing down every word that comes out of my mouth and still be misunderstood.

In regards to the RE agency meeting, it did occur. Here's what happened: How To Help This RE Business Owner And Add Vlaue During The COVID-19 Recession? (With Details Inside)

I have not cold called much after this. In fact, I've been slacking - spent time with friends, played cards and went to pool parties. I still haven't completed my Google Ads course, but it's probably more of the fact I'm pretty confident with my skills as is (which is just ego talk) rather than being lazy. I'm also in the process of selling my car.

It's been hard. On one hand I want to succeed and be financially independent and free, on the other hand my mother has really bad debt that has to be paid and she won't be able to by herself.. at the same time she's pretty abusive to me and I want to move.

And then there's also my girl - let's go here, let's go there. I sometimes get aches and pains due to the stress and It gets overwhelming but I'm not backing down and will learn to manage this.

The goal I've set at the moment is finding E-commerce clients as that's where I come from and I feel confident I can help business owners scale their stores from let's say 4 figures a month to 5, 6 and even 7. @Phikey has lead the way and opened the door for me to do so with his knowledge and insight - he is probably one of the highest earners in the forum and has spent a decent amount of his time helping me, a random guy.

Anyways, I haven't been able to sleep well lately - having weird dreams or all-out nightmares, grinding my teeth a lot. The grinding ended up being the cause of my previously unexplained vertigo and ear fluttering. I drink lemon balm tea before bed to ease the nerves.

What about you?
@Simon Angel some things I would recommend here:
  • You’ll get better and better at vetting your clients. You’ll start to get spidey-senses for when a client says something on the sales call that’s a red flag and you’ll decide not to work with them. I noticed myself doing this after 6-12 months in the services game. It takes some burns to develop this.
  • You can also protect yourself as much as possible and retain reasonable control of your work. You get paid the final 50% on completion but YOU don’t push the site live until that final 50% is paid. You put in your contract that the site is owned by you until that final payment is made and lands in your account. Only then does the client receive the benefits of the site. How can you do this? You can build it on your own hosting and only push it over once paid. The client can view it but it will be behind a password protected wall. If you need to build it on their hosting then you can password protect it too - make it so that only you have access to the staging.

Also, watch this video:

This video should be mandatory viewing for all services business owners.. every 3-6 months.
 

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