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Should we business-fib?

Posted by Deidre Rienzo on

Hi, I'm Deidre. In my posts, I talk about my voyage down the road of self-employment as a website copywriter, my achievements and roadblocks along the way, and what I’m learning as I go (with Marketing Mentor as my guide).

At CFC, Von Glitchka said that being a creative pro is all about perception. To me, this kinda means fibbing.

Here’s what I mean: right now I’m working from my parents’ den at their old computer. In a little while, I’m going to meet Ilise for lunch, and then I’m going to see my best friend’s new house. I was in Italy two weeks ago, my parents visited me in Ireland last week (where we spent an afternoon betting on horses), and next week, I’m going to the beach for vacation. Oh, and yesterday, I talked to client while I was locked in the laundry room wearing popsicle pyjama pants. 

Do my clients need to know?

I know there are some (who already know the quality of my work)—who wouldn’t change their opinion of me. 

But for new prospective clients—maybe it’s better to leave out the fact that I’m talking to them while running around in my bathing suit? I mean—I don’t actually tell them this—but it does feel like lying a little bit. 

If somebody can separate from a business partner without their clients even noticing, I can surely prepare for a trip, have my parents visit (and actually spend time with them instead of being glued to the computer 9-5), and enjoy the bubbles and surprises on this journey. After all, I’m NOT shackled to an office anymore.

I’m free—if I can let myself be. 

As long as I maintain my professionalism … that’s what they see, right? But does creating a good perception mean being dishonest? 

Thoughts? 

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