Expat Freelancer: Your budget is your business

A client will often talk about ‘their budget’.

This is all well and good, I can discuss any matter with a potential client, and most sane humans understand that, at best, there ‘may be some wiggle room’ when paying for goods or services.

The point is that some people, do not.

So this means that some people seem to be unable to understand that when they approach someone for a job to be done – a professional service that they need – there may be a fee for this.

And – get this – the fee may be beyond their expected ‘budget’.

This is of course not a huge problem. No one is forcing them to take the service.

So why – why? – do they seem annoyed or even angry about it?

“If this is the way it is going to be then we cannot work like this”

“But we need a return on investment here so our budget cannot be stretched”

I. Don’t. Care.

When dealing with any size of business – for their own business and commercial interests – such morons need to realise the very basic, easy-for-a-child-to-understand way that money works.

The reason that there is a fee, is that ‘that is how much it costs in the World to get that done’.

The reason why it costs that much is because the person the other end is not a King or Queen. They have these things called ‘bills’ and ‘rent’, and ‘food’.

Working people cannot go to their landlord or the cashier at the checkout and just say “sorry this is not within my budget, I will instead want you to offer a lower price”. Or “dear Water supplier to my house, I won’t get a good return on investment at these rates that you are charging”.

So such people who take rudeness as a way to communicate with people when discussing something that they want done – I would instead suggest that they use the invention of ‘the mirror’ to sit and take a long look at their own face for several hours.

These exact moments may not have happened to me – I have been reasonably lucky.

Some fellow freelance ‘pals’ have had to deal with some dumbos recently – and the problem is that they are much nicer people than I am, so they still attempt basic communication with those who seem to expect that the world and all it’s people ‘owe them’ something.

This should be the best part of good freelancing – the choice of with whom to work. And to remind any rude people that if they want to see a good ‘return on investment’ then they can just check the toilet on their next visit.




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3 Comments on “Expat Freelancer: Your budget is your business”

  1. February 6, 2013 at 8:41 am #

    Wise words! I shall remember this next time I am negotiating my private tutor fee. Or any fees come to that. Always a joy, negotiating in Shanghai……

    • February 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      Yes – and it is never potential clients who politely and humbly approac, ‘asking for a favour’ style. It’s always those who are desperately doing anything they can do scrounge and scrape up more RMB so they can hang around actual rich people in crappy nightclubs and feel part of the clique. The kind of twats who just say they want something ‘high end’ as their brief.


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