As 15 people have orgasms right in front of my eyes, I giggle and take another sip of gin.
Have you seen Amélie? If I had to choose a single favourite film, that’d be it.
That, or The Day After Tomorrow.
And the orgasm scene always makes me chuckle… but that’s not why I love the film.
It’s a wonderful film for business owners and entrepreneurs to watch, because it’s all about JFDI.
And my favourite quote? Apart from the artichoke one? Is when Raymond Dufayel tells Amélie:
“Vous n’avez pas des os en verre. Vous pouvez vous cogner à la vie.”
You do not have bones of glass. You can take life’s knocks.
Hey, guess what? So can you.
You can take knocks from shitty clients and customers, too — brush them off and carry on stronger.
Just as I told L the other day.
She’d had a passive-aggressive reply from a prospect. See, L charges for initial meetings since I urged her to. Because it gets rid of the multitudes of tyre-kickers, freeloaders, and low-class tossers out there.
She doesn’t charge enough, in my humble (but correct) opinion, but it’s a good start, and she’s just upped her fee.
So far, she’s had a bunch of meetings (and follow-on work) and no complaints whatsoever.
Until the other day, when someone replied with a whole bunch of “I’ve been a marketing manager for eleventy-billion years and I’ve never been charged for speculative quote work!” (good for you, toots).
And, “We can’t make an impartial choice like that!” (bullshit).
And, “We’re a charity, so every penny counts!” (yep — so don’t screw over small businesses who were already offering you a hefty charity discount).
But I haven’t told you the backstory. Last time L met up with these guys — for free, because they’re a charity and L is a good person who wants to help them out — they were a whopping 1.5 hours late and dragged the meeting on for 2 hours.
I cannot even express how fucking rude and obnoxious that is.
But I’m also not surprised, because
People do not value free.
You’ll get shitty emails once you start charging for your time, but guess what? Those are people you do not want to work with.
You’ll get far more people — better quality people and clients — handing over their money happily because they want value, not cheap.
L posted her tale of woe in our group because sometimes it sucks running a business alone.
You forget all the good stuff when one asshat takes the wind out of your sales with their petty passive-aggressive blame-throwing.
So it helps to have a group of people you can talk to.
A group you can bitch to in safety (because we all need a good moan every now and then).
Someone who’s been there and experienced that, who can give you advice and reassurance.
Someone who remind you you don’t have bones of glass. You can take life’s knocks.
That place is here:
Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.