Have your friends or neighbors ever asked you to help out byaccepting packages or checking on their latchkey kids sinceyou're home all day? How do you let them know, nicely, thatyou're not a mail center or a babysitter?
Jose Herrera, co-owner of Comptec Inc., a West New York, NewJersey, software design and computer consulting company, discoveredyou have to stand firm to avoid wasting time on friendly favors."I had offered to help a friend set up his computer. Thisindividual proceeded to hound me for the next two days. When Ifinally had some free time and called him to come over, he actuallysounded upset because I hadn't done it sooner," hesays.
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