To Do or Not To Do (be black and white with your answer, but be like water with your thoughts)
Bryan and I have come a long way with eFreeme.com. Coming up with the idea of a falling price auction together, custom marketplaces, so as you can imagine when he said to me, “I want the price drop to be optional”, my initial rebuttal (as most always is) was a definitive, “No, we aren’t doing that“. I’ve thought about making it optional for sometime to be honest however that is also what distinguishes us from the competition and makes eFreeme.com unique. Basically I’m not going to make a change on a one off suggestion, even though he is my business partner and he’s been pleading with me for quite some time now.
Over the weeks that went by Bryan would bring it up, however what really made me want to change it was when our potential customer came to us and said, “I want the price drop to be optional.” This turned the “Leave the price drop in forever” mentally to be “Let’s start really thinking about it”. How could these people want the price drop to go away? Realistically Bryan had enough firepower now to overrule my decision, plus I felt it was time, if this early on a customer is wanting that as an option, then it’s time to do it, and I have to go against my gut feel.
In business for me anyway this is common. I can be persuaded and I’m never really 100% set on anything. As the lead developer of eFreeme.com I try and weigh the amount of time it takes vs. the benefits gained. Bryan gets that, I know he does, but sometimes as the worker bee doing the work you seem to understand the ramifications of certain changes more than the other guy.
This will bring me into our next blog post which is, “Why it’s nice to have a Business Partner.”