I recently left a job after a year of working as a graphic designer for a guy who started his own business. He is very passionate and hardworking but sometimes has a hard time seeing things outside of his own fast-paced perspective. Since I quit, I’ve kept a working relationship with him as a freelancer. He is fully aware that in addition to freelancing, I also work full-time at two jobs and go to school.
Here’s an example of a conversation we have on a weekly basis.
Client: I have this project for you. When can you get it done?
God forbid he would actually ASK me if I can take on a project.
Me: Well, when’s your deadline?
Client: Can you have it done by tomorrow?
Me: I really require at least two weeks’ notice before a deadline.
Client: You’re killing me. Never mind. I’ll have someone in the office do it.
No surprise, in the last two months his entire creative team has quit and he currently has a staff of three.