Reality Blog: Warning! The Downside of Accepting Freebies

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I once worked with a worldly gentleman who gave me some great advice. “Never put yourself in a position where you owe something to someone.”

What he meant was, never place yourself in a position where you owe someone a favor. If you do, they’ll likely take advantage of you because you’re in a position of weakness. I have taken this advice to heart, especially in matters of business.

So, maybe I let my guard down this time. Or maybe I was duped.

To explain, let me backtrack, because this story starts a little while ago…

A Foolproof Plan, or So I Thought

Just a few months into our new life of freedom, we realized we needed to get hold of a drone. Every second place we visited was ideal for drone footage. What an addition these videos would be to our website!

So we came up with a plan. We researched several drone suppliers and contacted one about them lending us a drone to review. We’ll call them Company X, one of the largest drone businesses in Australia.

I sent them a killer proposal, listing details of what we would do for them and the benefits for Company X. They loved it!

In the proposal, I had stated that both parties would review the agreement in six months. If both parties were happy:

  1. Company X would refund their $1,000 bond,
  2. We’d keep the drone and continue to promote them on our website and social media channels.

If not, they’d refund our bond and we’d return the drone. So I covered all bases and clearly stated each party’s role in the agreement.

I was also careful to add that we would be promoting their product to a demographic who have lots of disposable income, were tech-savvy, but had not yet caught the “drone bug.”

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Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

Andrew has traded the daily grind for a life on the road. He loves the lure of Australia’s wide-open spaces, solitude and isolation. Andrew and his wife Peta are experienced remote travelers, living the simple life on the road. They travel, work and live in their 4x4 truck camper. Andrew plans to build his Money-Making Website Top Wire Traveller to the point where it provides a regular income... enough to sustain their lifestyle on the road.

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