I run a website, and I work with multiple advertisers. I run the business alone, and it's meant to be a lifestyle business, so I am very protective of my time. Calls and in-person meetings are a nuisance for me. I prefer to work on other things, such as improving the website or answering reader mail. Sometimes I prefer to not work at all.
How can I tactfully decline calls and meetings? Or how can I encourage people to just write an email instead?
- An advertiser hires a new marketing person, and they want to get to know me, get feedback about our collaboration, etc. I rarely have feedback, or it fits in an email.
- People like the work I do and want to grab a coffee. I enjoy this sometimes, but I want to make time for people I already know first.
- Businesses propose a collaboration, but I'm not interested, or the offer is too vague to commit to a phone call.