May have a potiential client. But is this a red flag?

by NickN
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I'm currently talking to a life coach who's thinking of hiring me to do some copywriting.

To get a "feel" for this person, I emailed him or her some questions (the target market, the product, yadda yadda).

So this person sends me an email, telling me about his or her practice. As I'm reading it, I come to this line:

"I've taken a step back to evaluate how I can better help my clients, but more importantly how I can build a successful business." (my emphasis)

Yeah, I know people are selfish beings and always look out for their own best interest. But coming right out and saying, "Me 1st, my clients 2nd" kind of rubs me the wrong way.

This person seems sincere about helping people, otherwise. So maybe the quote above wasn't a true reflection of intention.

But the bluntness of the remark kind of scares me. Do you think I should proceed with the negotiations, or steer clear of this person?

I mean, I get the feeling that, no matter what I hand in, it's not going to be "good enough." But who knows?
#client #flag #potiential #red
  • Profile picture of the author Ross Bowring
    It's not a red flag.

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    • Profile picture of the author agc
      Originally Posted by Ross Bowring View Post

      It's not a red flag.

      --- Ross
      I agree. Maybe the helping the clients part was already working just fine, and the step back was to focus on the business aspect of it.
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      • Profile picture of the author NickN
        Originally Posted by agc View Post

        I agree. Maybe the helping the clients part was already working just fine, and the step back was to focus on the business aspect of it.
        True. Didn't think of it that way. The way it was worded just screamed "ME, ME, ME!"
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  • Profile picture of the author YourProfessional
    I agree. If anything, it's a good thing - he wants to hire you to improve his business - which means he'll understand your worth in the long run.
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  • Profile picture of the author jasonTBA
    You're gonna go broke pretty fast if you only take clients who are interested in helping first and making money second
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Pescetti
    There's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting financial success.

    Part of your JOB is steering the interviewing process to HOW your client uniquely helps their target market.

    In doing so, you're enabling your client to more effectively help the people he or she can truly impact...

    And yes, you're helping your client make money.

    Again, part of your job is keeping the "conversation" going in the most beneficial direction to create copy that reflects your client's highest minded goals!
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