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Okay so here’s the back ground— Earlier today I asked for someone to take some data I had in my lead capture system into an excel sheet that I thought was at least a few hours worth of work. The lead capture system is fairly well known in the internet marketing space however, I am still learning my way around all of this. I have always been on the sales side of things and my business partner always ran the technical side of things. Now that I have my own program I am selling I have had to put on my big boy pants and learn all this tech shit.
So I put a note out on Facebook and a guy by the name of David that I met through my business partner Ryan reaches out and says he will do it. I offered on Facebook to pay $100 for the job. Once I emailed him to tell him what I needed and gave him access to my lead capture system he turned it around in less than 10 minutes. I was blown away by the speed at which he was able to do the job. I mean going in 1 by 1 and transcribing hundreds of leads in a few minutes? He sent the report and said “Sean this job was too easy I can’t charge you for this.” I thought to myself, well I guess it pays to know people this dude must have used some foreign VA who did it for next to nothing and he was letting me slide. After all, I had also spent a couple of hours a few weeks ago on the phones with him helping him learn some sales strategies and let him listen in on some of my sales calls. So Maybe he was thinking it was a favor to me since I helped him for free earlier on.
A few hours I explained to Ryan how bad ass this dude was, how quick he got the work done and we may be able to hire him later on for some admin shit. Ryan laughs and says “Sean all you have to do is go to the report screen and its a click of a button to download the leads into an excel sheet or cvs file.” I replied, “no wonder he didn’t charge me, at least he’s honest right?” LOL
I arrive home from the gym where I had the conversation with Ryan and check my email and look what I find (I copied this from the actual email)
******************** Email From David*******************
I have been kicking myself all afternoon. What is easy for me is not easy for everyone and what took me 20-30 minutes would have taken someone else 2-5 hours so I am in fact worth the $100 dollars you quoted for this job so – I am invoicing you for the spreadsheet.
Sorry for the confusion. I have a lot to learn in this side of the business.
Thanks for the job. Invoice coming shortly.
Truth be told I actually told ryan how good you were at the data entry side of things and how quickly you got that job done. I said “we should look at hiring David for some of our admin type of shit”. Told him how you didnt even charge me.
He said “dude all he did was create a report that’s why it took 5 seconds. I could have told you that.” I said “well shit. No wonder he didnt invoice me. I said well at least we know he’s honest. “
So here we are….a few hours later and now you change your mind and want to be paid. Im going to pay your invoice because clearly you need it since you’ve been sweating it all day.
Here’s the lesson to learn from this:
“Your gut told you not to charge me because you knew deep down that I asked you to do this because I didnt know you could export the data in the reports tab. You KNEW the cool thing to do would be to just say “hey sean all you have to do is go to the reports screen and it takes 2 seconds. “
Instead Greed and your petty hustlers mentality got the best of you and you came back asking for the money and then tried to make me believe you ACTUALLY were just a bad ass data entry super star and put these reports together yourself.
I just wanted to make sure to let you know I’m paying you for charity NOT because you hustled me. So before you cash my check thinking you pulled one over on me…think again. Just know your $100 petty hustle cost you a relationship that could have been worth far more in the future.
Please know the difference between HUSTLER (as in GO-GETTER) and HUSTLER (as in low life) know which hustle you are about and which one pays off in the long run.
Don’t try to hustle people on some stupid shit, you will be found out and you lose respect. Let me know what you think and if you get a kick out of this SHARE IT.
PS. I paid his little $100 right away.
Sean Matheis founded Agency Alliance, the elite mastermind program for insurance agents, and The Millionaire Masterminds with the most recognized celebrities & professional athletes on their coaching roster.