Sure, I don’t mind. It doesn’t bother me… Much. People will get mad about this but here it is:
I get a lot of emails from people who claim to have tens of thousands of dollars to start a business, don’t really want to buy my guide, but want to ask me a lot of questions. I swear, I even had one guy call me and ask me a ton of questions. Then he starts talking about these Federated trailers he wants to buy, what’s my opinion on this and that. I asked him if he read the guide. He said that he didn’t really have $30 to spend on the guide if it ended up being a waste of money.
Oh no he didn’t.
I was caught off guard. I politely asked if he had tens of thousands to spend on merchandise and was hung up on $30 for a guide, why would he expect me to spend my time on the telephone helping him. He then asked if he could ask me just another question.
I think when someone makes it known that they have a lot of money to start a business, but does not want to pay for my guide, but requests my assistance, it’s a slap in the face. I know when people are fishing for free information.
Hey, I don’t blame you, I would have done it too… In the past…. I wouldn’t do it now. I wouldn’t do it because I respect people that have taken the time and effort to acquire knowledge. If that person is in the business of somehow selling that knowledge (being an author, consultant, or owning an organization), then you have to respect that they are not in the business of helping everyone for free.
I have more respect for the person who has $2 in the bank and cannot afford the guide than the one who claims to have a lot of money but doesn’t want to buy it.
And I know some people email me just to feel me out. But the truth of the matter is some of you ask very in-depth questions that require a lot of thought and a serious response. I don’t mind. But I DO mind when people try to get it without showing me the respect of at least buying and reading the guide (especially when the answers to their questions are covered in the guide).