I was hired for a Marketing role with a small start-up agency. In the interviews, the owners of this new agency mentioned they were still “figuring things out.” They seemed experienced, so I trusted them.
Clients: We can only pay you $15 per hour.
Me: Ok, since I am doing most of the work from home and I can still work as a freelancer in my spare time, this might work.
Over the course of a week, the clients proceed to dump the work they promised to 4 of their clients on to me. This includes research, strategic planning, calendars, Creative Briefs, and creative assets. I work hard to get it all done.
One of the owners discusses in a meeting how he plans to remove himself from most of the day to day tasks to focus more on Business Development (gaining more clients) as time goes on. I am starting to see a lot of Red Flags – the most notable being that it looked like I was the whole of their business.
The last straw was when they made another request.
Clients: We are going to need you to drive across town to meet with us once or twice a week.
Me: The amount it would cost for me in terms of gas and mileage for me to drive across town to discuss these projects with you isn’t worth it for me. I don’t think this is the job I am seeking at this time.
Clients: Well, we need you to be collaborative with us. We’ll work with you. Are you planning on working completely remotely then?
Me: …I’m planning on not working for you at all.