By Stephanie Ciccarelli
September 17, 2009
Ever get an RFQ (request for quote) for a job that is paying way too much for what you would have to do?
Came upon any leads that made you nervous?
If something looks to good to be true, it probably is...
Your business is your baby and you've got to put its best interests ahead of those of someone else with a completely different set of priorities.
Discover 5 ways you can investigate opportunities to protect both yourself and your business.
One of the top priorities in your business should be making enough money to operate and then some.
In order to honor this priority, you will need to think critically and work smarter... not harder.
Energy is finite as are the hours in a day and it's imperative that every opportunity you receive is evaluated and accepted or rejected with relative efficiency.
If you've ever gone to lengths professionally to please someone, for example a client who in the end failed to pay you, you know exactly what I'm talking about. It's time, energy, and money out the window, and perhaps, the unfortunate circumstances could have been prevented from the start if the opportunity was put under a microscope before committing to the work.
Never had this happen to you? Consider yourself blessed! This is your wake up call.
I've jotted down 5 questions that you can ask yourself before getting involved with a client hiring you for your services that will protect you and conserve your time, energy, and save your money.
1. Is this client a first-time job poster? Have you worked with them before?
2. Can you read about their previous history with other service providers?
3. Does the job look too good to be true? Is it paying more than it usually should for the work?
4. Does this person have any public profiles online or a business website to confirm their authenticity?
5. Are there any details that don't jive that would make you question the client's professionalism? For instance, different names on credit cards versus emails, inconsistencies, generic email addresses (i.e. generic hotmail, gmail accounts instead of their corporate website), insists on payment methods you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with, and so on.
Taking measures in advance to educate and protect yourself makes a great deal of sense and it is worth the time it takes when you consider what may happen if you don't.
The tips I've included are meant to help you conduct your own investigations regardless of the circumstances or lead source.
I hope you've found them to be helpful, and if you have a tip you'd like to add to this list, please add it as a comment :)
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