I don’t know whether to be confused or ticked off, though I’m leaning toward the latter. I received a number of hang-up calls to my cell phone again yesterday, and one very odd call to my home phone, which came right after a “private” call hang-up. Normally, I might think the message that was left was legitimate. However, I’m tempted to believe the caller was not who that person claimed to be, nor wanting to funnel work to me as stated. In fact, the more I think of it, the more I’m convinced I’m being harassed.
Remember the association I didn’t join? The calls did seem to stop, but yesterday I received a larger-than-average number of calls to my cell (very few people have this number, but this group does) and another upsurge in home calls. That has me thinking the message stating that this potential client had been trying to contact me for two weeks or better and will take business elsewhere if I’m unreachable is a ruse. Maybe I’m wrong, but my instincts are telling me otherwise.
The caller was brusque – explained that there was work to be had but that I hadn’t answered and this person had no idea why I hadn’t called back. Here’s a clue – you never left a message until yesterday, and even then, there’s no call-back number. None. I cannot call you if I don’t know you’re there. Since I receive about 30 calls a day from unidentified numbers (and not work-related), I have to screen calls or I’d never get a thing done. Now, thanks to the message, I have to start answering every one. I’m not doing it to gain work – I’m doing it to prove myself right about who the real caller is and that person’s agenda.
I state this here because I’m pretty sure this isn’t a real client. Even if it were, do I want to work with someone who won’t leave a call-back number and gets upset that I’m not answering messages that aren’t left? I can help you, but you have to meet me halfway. As a working writer, I have to rely on answering machines so that I can free up my time to complete client projects on time. Otherwise, I’d be always on the phone. Any professional understands that – at least I hope so. If not, we may have a problem from the get-go.
I’ve taken steps to verify my suspicions. I’ll share these with you once I see if it works. And I’ll share the results.
Meantime, do you screen calls? If so, why? Do you have a dedicated work number, or do you use the home number?