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Told potential client to sod off, pretty much.

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SolidGoldBrass Tue 01-Apr-14 22:48:21

OK, I was a little bit more diplomatic than that but.... Client is an acquaintance of a friend. He wanted his book 'proofread'. His first email to me was a bit of a whine about how he wanted to keep the costs down, so I sent him one stating my rates and a guide price for a book of 75000 words. The book turned out to be a lot shorter but absolute crap, and he didn't want proofreading so much as a proper copy edit. So I quoted him a price. He replied offering half the money, the promise of future work and 'a link to you on our new website.' Which is just as crap as the book.

I suggested that if he was on that tight a budget he should perhaps make do with Word's own spellcheck program and a friend having a final look at the document.

THe funny thing is, his masterpiece seems to be one of these 'How to make a million pounds working from home' crapsacks. WABU not to have told him that I refuse to work on a book which appears to encourage people to rip off the self-employed?

FunkyBoldRibena Tue 01-Apr-14 22:50:31

If he knows how to make a million, why can't he afford top whack for proof reading?

trambampoline Tue 01-Apr-14 23:02:38 lol

trambampoline Tue 01-Apr-14 23:03:07 reminds me of this.

fanjoforthemammaries7850 Tue 01-Apr-14 23:04:20

yAnBU. Cheeky bugger.

JustAboutAdeqeuate Tue 01-Apr-14 23:05:25

Doesn't sound like he was a potential client so luch as a potential pisstaker. I doubt very much that you'll find yourself in a Decca Records position in twenty years time smile

minouminou Tue 01-Apr-14 23:13:02

You done good innit.


minouminou Tue 01-Apr-14 23:18:37

Seriously, though...have you had a look at the FB group Stop Working for Free?

It gives you cojones.

I've had the balls to either ask for more money or to turn down work since joining it. to his webshite indeed...

Did he mention 'exposure'?

SolidGoldBrass Tue 01-Apr-14 23:57:17

Yup. That was what made me decide to decline the job. I may be skint, but if I'd taken it up the end result would have been all his fucking greedy, thick, scammy mates wanting their witless marketing material proofread for pennies as well...

foslady Wed 02-Apr-14 00:38:35

Ah, OP, you just don't get it though, do you? HE has a 'proper' business, he's an just read as a hobby and do this at your kitchen table over a cuppa......grin
Let's just see how many millions his bollocks bullshit pile of crap guide to enriching your life and becoming a millionaire makes him over the next few years and wait for him to become a Dragon's Den dragon.....

Chloerose75 Wed 02-Apr-14 00:41:25

YANBU. He is a chancer and I wouldn't bother either if he is quibbling over rates etc. I may be speculating but I also suspect it could be tricky to actually get him to pay your invoice if you do work for him.

SolidGoldBrass Wed 02-Apr-14 09:59:40

He's not given up, but he's not offering any more money. I may have to be a bit rude...

pluCaChange Wed 02-Apr-14 12:19:54

Tell him: sorry, you "can't turn down paying work to help him."


Crinkle77 Wed 02-Apr-14 12:23:22

If it was that easy to make a million at home then we'd all be doing it. Tell him to do one.

midgeymum2 Wed 02-Apr-14 12:34:58

Agree he sounds like a chancer! If you've quoted for the work, you've quoted for the work and that's your price - what a blooming cheek he's got!

In your position I would point out that you are fortunate enough to be in a position where you don't have to buy work and that if he feels your price is unreasonable he is free to ask elsewhere and you quite understand if he chooses to do this.

Don't feel bad. It sounds to me that you're not too keen even if he had agreed your quote. Stick to your guns!

AMumInScotland Wed 02-Apr-14 12:47:18

Well, the first step on 'making a million' is probably screwing everybody else out of their wages to keep costs down... and connng them into thinking they're getting something 'valuable' instead of actual money.

If you want to be a bit rude, you could point out that his moneymaking scam scheme will rely on people being mugs, which does not include you.

spatchcock Wed 02-Apr-14 13:18:41

Is part of the 'making a million' method to not pay people what they deserve?

Callani Wed 02-Apr-14 13:39:04

Well done OP, tell him if he's planning on making a million he can bloody well afford to pay people the going rate.

As PPs have said, chances are he'd mysteriously "forget" to pay you, or "miss the deadline" or try to pay you in "shares" of his book / profits / clearly fantastic commercial enterprise.

ArsePaste Wed 02-Apr-14 13:51:28

Do not, under any circumstances accept a link on someone's website in lieu of payment for work done. He's a cheeky tosser.

Greenstone Wed 02-Apr-14 13:56:42

Oh hello! This has happened to me lots. Exact same scenario. Exact same type of guy. Run a mile.

poii Wed 02-Apr-14 14:24:26

Hey Solidgold I am self employed people say all the time do this cheaper for and I will send you loads of work, never happened to once. You are better off without the job, because once the work is done he will try to stiff you for the payment owed anyway.

borisgudanov Wed 02-Apr-14 15:29:12

Tell him you wouldn't want your name associated with such shite.

aStitchInTime Wed 02-Apr-14 17:21:14

"Sorry, my landlord doesn't accept promises of future work as payment." I mean come on, a link?!? Can you EAT that? wink

LeapingOverTheWall Wed 02-Apr-14 17:30:56

we have a client who is currently trying the "but my business is worth a million pounds, you should be grateful to be allowed to be supporting me" line to avoid paying her bill. No dear, it's not worth £1m, and even if it was, you still need to pay up. Rapidly making her way to being an ex-client.

mumminio Wed 02-Apr-14 18:16:42

Very sensible, well done for filtering him out. Don't waste any more time on him!

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