I got that Little Voice That Says NO feeling – and each times I got burned
Contractor Marten read Steve's Maxwell's column called 'That Little Voice That Says No' and tells us how that voice has saved him from a world of trouble.
Our tools editor Steve Maxwell has an opinion piece in the current Canadian Contractor (arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes in the next few days – watch for it). It’s called, “The Little Voice That Says No!” It’s about that “something’s not right” feeling you sometimes get in your gut when you quote on a job with a brand new client.
Well, Steve’s not the only one who knows that off-kilter feeling. So does Marten, of Dutch Touch Construction, who wrote us this post about it…
“When I first started my own company I wanted to take on the world and do every job I could find. I had that “Little Voice That Says No” feeling a few times where I thought this person is too weird but took on the job anyway. Each time I got burned. It took a few times to figure out but now when I meet someone I think is a problem I will walk away, think, and then contact the person later and say thanks but will pass on that project. Working for free is easy when it is on your terms but hard when it is on someone else’s terms. Could tell you several stories.”