I Charge $200 to “Hop On a Quick Call” for 23 Minutes

Before you think that is crazy, wait to hear about the half-day

David O.
7 min readJul 2, 2022


This is NOT me. Check my “about” to see a pic of me in my (former) office. Photo by CocaKolaLips from Pexels: https://www.pexels.com/photo/photo-of-man-holding-his-phone-2865425/

Every time, and I mean every single time, I decide to give my time out for free, I regret it. No exceptions. There is nobody who paid to spend time with me who was late. They all arrive within 5 minutes. In fact, some arrive prior to the set time. It is those I feel compassion for and decide to break my “rules” for, that send me a message 90 minutes after the scheduled time that they are “sorry” they can’t make it. If people request your advice or expertise on a “quick call”, this is your sign from heaven to slap a price on it.

A Pleasant Experience

Not too long ago, I had a gentleman from India get on the 23-minute call with me. Of course, he paid the $200. He had to admit to me that the $200 was quite a lot of money from India. And I felt that. I know what it’s like to live with third-world currencies. But that is also how I knew he would get tremendous value out of the time we had together.

He showed up super early and was ready to take notes. I had my processes to prep for such sessions so I already know exactly what we were going to be talking about. I made notes beforehand as well. We even overshot the time by a bit.

There was no doubt in my mind about the value he received. And this is the point:

It had very little to do with me

I know if he paid that much he would show up on time and ready. In fact, he was asking me before the session if he could record the call. Now, that is a serious person and businessman.

After the call, I didn’t feel drained. I felt energized. I know I gave value to someone who would put it to work. I showed him various ways in which he could expand his business. I couldn’t be happier.

You might be thinking; why would anyone pay that much to get on a call with you? Who do you think you are? Well, I could ask the same thing from this gentleman from India. He was obviously much older, maybe even twice my age. And he had been to business school. So, this was not an illiterate person in any shape or form.



David O.

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