Get Real About Business Podcast
#48: Would You Let Someone Eat for Free at Your Restaurant?
April 29, 2019
Have you ever been asked if it is okay for someone to pick your brains? While it makes sense to share some information for free, if you make your money by selling your expertise at some point you're going to have to say, "No." In this episode, we explore what to say when people ask to pick your brains.

Have you ever been asked if it is okay for someone to pick your brains?

It can feel nice when other people value your opinion and want to take advice from you. However, if you're a service provider business owner then your expertise and time are your most valuable commodities.

Like me, you probably accept that it makes sense to share a certain amount of expertise for free. After all, how else can you demonstrate your experience and the value you bring? Your word alone is rarely enough.

But there has to be a limit. There has to be a point in which someone should pay you for your hard earnt expertise.

Most people are very respectful of your time, but every now and then you get someone who constantly wants to pick your brains and get as much free advice as possible.

They often have no intention of paying for your services and excuse themselves by either saying that they would pay you but they can't afford you or it's just a quick question (as if...) they need help on.

Letting someone constantly pick your brains is like allowing someone to eat everything on the menu at a restaurant and walk out without paying.

Worse still, it's your restaurant!

In this podcast, I explore:

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