Is anyone else here hesitant to ask a friend
to buy something you get paid on, because
you don’t want to risk the friendship for a few dollars?
One way around this is to change the “closing” question.
After you say your piece, try this:
“So anyway Sue, do you know anyone
who might like to know about a product like that?
(OR, “a business like that?”)
If she’s the one, she’ll raise her hand. Or refer someone.
Or maybe the response is, “No I really don’t, but if I think of someone… ”
The friendship is preserved, and life goes on.
PS More ‘what to say’ tips in the little orange book here.