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$500 value? That sounds like a lot. Can you explain?
Yes. We know that we’re selling a specialist service, and although we know we are the best around we need to be able to prove it, hence our offer. It’s common for people to have used other services for years before coming to us- we’d like to take a shortcut and get you on board asap
But $500?
We need to send somebody onsite to do the analysis, and we’re not sending some kid who’s last job was at McDonalds. One hour travelling time, 45-90 minutes doing the survey, and a couple of hours to write up the report and analyse the data. Then another onsite to present the report and make recommendations. Even though we’re not charging for it, you’re getting a lot of value. It’s definitely worth $500
What if I don’t like what I see?
There is really no obligation. We don’t deserve to work with you in any capacity if we don’t earn it. If it doesn’t work out, we’ll ask for permission to keep you updated with emails. Maybe later you’ll need us. Sometimes the greatest working relationships start out like that……
What if you are too busy?
We’ll withdraw the offer when we get too busy. As you can appreciate, in a rapidly expanding business there are times when you just can’t do your job properly if you take on too much work. Our existing customers are our first priority, always. So please contact us now while the offer is still open!
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