This post was inspired by what Audrey said in the Yahoo! article thread:
doing something for hire is a very foreign concept in my life today.
I hear you loud and clear, Audrey. I had the 'opportunity' to do a little freelance job for a local biz that has gotten overwhelmed with work. I thought it would be fun, and in fact, doing the work was extremely fun... but..
1.) I send them stuff and they never bother to reply saying they've gotten it; my husband, who works nearby, has been chasing them down..
2.) The specs change from day to day; I work a whole thing out and then they say "oh, we love it, but
it has to have all these elements!" (whipping out a page they could easily have given me at the outset, but didn't..)
3.) They seem like they want to d**k with it before even showing it to their client..
Just the usual b.s. that made me realize how it isn't the work that's soul-killing..* work can be creative and fulfilling; it's the bozo bosses and clients that make it a drag.
I just want to dump it back in their laps at this point.. How can I say to them "I just don't need this" without seeming haughty (everyone else around here is, in theory, scrambling for a buck..)? They seem like nice kids but they also seem to think they
are doing me
a favor and not vice versa.. They don't know anything about the types of clients I used to have or the kind of money I used to get.. nor are they aware of how lame their business approach is and how much of their own time they are wasting. I'm not particularly offended that they don't value my time, but they don't seem to even value their own! I haven't said word one yet, but I wish I could think of a helpful way to get this across to them without being obnoxious.
There's the extra complication of this being a very small town, and the fact that my husband has some minor business interests in common with these folks (completely separate from the project above)..
Am suffering from a "bad" attitude? Or is this a "good" attitude?
I'm curious how you others have fared when taking on projects that you don't really "need" to..