Business values

25 lies told by freelancers and clients

- February 16, 2018 2 MIN READ

If you’ve worked as or with a freelancer, you’ll no doubt have heard and spouted a whole bunch of non-core promises. Freelancers and clients alike know they’re lies, but play along anyway.

Here are the top business lies according to my in-depth global research (not really).

Top business lies told by freelancers:

1. I’m really excited about your project = I’m really excited about your money

2. I’m flexible to meet anytime this week = I have no work on at the moment

3. I’ve been working on that all morning = I’ll start on that this afternoon

4. I’ve scheduled that in for tomorrow = @#$% I forgot about that, but I’ve just written it down

5. I’m booked out for the next few months = I don’t like you, or your business

6. Do you have a budget in mind? = Can I get away with charging even more than usual?

7. I love the flexibility of freelancing = I love taking my time to look for a full-time job

Top business lies told by clients:

1. Your invoice has been processed = I did print your invoice, but left it on the printer

2. We want something really ‘out there’ and quirky = We want something really conservative

3. I’ll send you a full brief early this week = I’ll send you a wad of random documents next week

4. Can you just throw something together? = Can you do a proper job but charge a lot less?

5. Can you give me a ballpark figure? = Exactly how much will it be? I’ll hold you to it later.

6. That’s definitely a phase two requirement = That’s definitely never going to happen

7. We nurture long-term supplier relationships = Well we do, as long as they’re the cheapest

So, honestly, what do you lie about? I won’t believe you, but tell me anyway.

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