The Hunter had a preliminary meeting with a new client last week. This is someone I introduced him to. Based on work he had done with a previous client I had introduced him to plus a glowing reference from that client and a vendor, the new client is eager for his services. These are good people. They are good people who have TONS of work for him. This contract will make him financially stable. Seriously. Crazy, right?
We sat down and de-briefed his meeting. Talked about the next steps. He needs a detailed proposal, we have to do some work to make sure we are pricing this correctly, etc. It’s a big fucking deal. This is not a “if he get this” but a “when he gets this”. He has no competition for this account. I am so happy for him. Not a shred of remorse about our decision to uncouple, only relief and happiness that his future is more secure.
I told him that. I told him that one of my concerns about our uncoupling was his economic security. He smiled and said that he is a grown 50ish-year-old man and I should have no worries regardless of the outcome of this contract. I felt relief.
I also had a moment while we were sitting and talking about our week together, where I thought, “I’m going to miss this.” I am going to miss that intimacy of having someone that you can tell everything to. Someone who listens to all your stories and you know that they will keep your confidences. That is the part of a relationship that I crave the most oftentimes. Something to think about. How am I going to feel being alone after a really great week with no one to celebrate it with me? How do I fill that void?
Anyway, this contract would get me my new sofa (LOL). It will get him off my cell phone plan. I can be reimbursed for his laptop, phone and more. It will help set things right between us economically, at least a little. Wow, is Karma blessing me this year or what?
We have a lot of work before us. I am busy closing Maggie & Co even though people are throwing business my way. I say “yes, however..” and explain how I will be partnering with someone to complete it. New clients don’t mind. Crazy, right?
We have to prepare his proposal and think about how he will get the work done. In addition, he has a large volume of potential new business (smaller projects) from another source. He needs a part-time admin, a good CPA and some part-time independent contractors to help execute it — infrastructure. He also wants to stand on his own two feet. My advice is acknowledged, but he wants to find his own CPA — he didn’t like mine. He has identified his independent contractors (great choices) and we talked about the part-time admin. He was initially thinking about going with a young college student. I disagreed and suggested that since this will be someone working from home and very independently, perhaps a stay-at-home mom or someone older would be a better fit. My position was that he doesn’t need someone learning on the job; he needs someone who can hit the ground running. He agreed.
We talked about the furniture situation. What I will take and what he can have. It’s all coming together. It is interesting to see how we are pulling away romantically, but our friendship and respect for one another continues. Six more months of this weird cohabitation….