Mike Posted June 1, 2011 Share Posted June 1, 2011 I don't get it. Even as a lifelong, government-employed slacker, I follow up. Guys who stand to make money from my business? Not so much. It's always been the case, but since my wife and I are at the beginning of a project that will ultimately lead to a fair amount of money for a fair number of people . . . if only they'd get off their bums and call me back! . . . I'm particularly sensitive to it at the moment. In the past couple of weeks, I've had at least four contractors fail to return calls, not respond to emails, and just generally forget to do things that are not only important to us, but which could lead to good projects for them. An example? Last week, I was called by a contractor who learned of our interest in erecting a barn on our new property. Not the world's biggest job, but probably a $40,000 or so project. I emailed him a detailed set of specs within a couple of hours and never heard back from him--not even a "Thanks, I'll look at it." What is it that motivates people who own businesses, at a time when work is hard to come by, to not follow up? How do you deal with this? My reaction is to move on to the next guy, but it almost seems to be a universal problem. Link to comment
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