Don’t you just love when someone says, “I was expecting a detailed proposal!”
After you just sent them a full page quote that explained everything you are doing for them.
And then you scratch your head thinking, WTF!
So you reach out to them and ask them why they were expecting such a thing.
And they respond, “well if I’m going to spend X, then you should tell me exactly what I’m getting.”
Me: hmm, I did tell you exactly what you were getting.
Them: But not in detail.
Me: So basically you want me to fluff up the proposal to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Me: Fine, that’ll be an extra $10,000, how would you like to pay?
Me: Look, I gave you a quote that spelled out what you were getting, that wasn’t good enough for you. So now you want me to enhance my proposal and fill it with rainbows and unicorns just so you feel I’m the service for you. Well, for me to do that will cost you an extra $10,000. So do you want to pay X or X plus $10,000 your choice.
Them: Well I want a detailed proposal.
Me: Okay then it’s X plus $10,000 then.
Them: No I don’t want to pay $10,000 extra.
Me: Fine, then it’s just X
Me: Look you either choose X or X plus $10,000
Them: Well I want X but in more detail
Me: So X plus $10,000
Them: But I don’t want to pay an extra $10,000
Me: And I don’t want to spend extra time fluffing up a proposal I already gave you.
Them: Well how about I go somewhere else then?
Me: Please do.
Them: But I really want you to help me.
Me: Too late.
Me: You already opened up the door, step through it now.
Me: If you are going somewhere else, go.
Them: Mm, can we start over?
Me: Sure pay X in the next 24 hours and we can begin.
Them: Can you get me a detailed proposal?
Me: You’re fired!
Them: But I haven’t even paid you yet.
Me: Don’t bother.
Them: So I can’t hire you?
Me: Not for X and not for X plus $10,000…you’re just not worth the hassle. Buh-bye!