I made some flyers for a client as a rush-job. Apparently, his previous designer was not keen to work with him anymore. Gee, I wonder why.
Me: Do you want me to put together a new design for your flyers?
Client: No, just copy the style from previous years.
Me: Are you sure? These are pretty basic. I could whip up something really attractive quickly.
Client: I insist.
The previous flyers looked like they’d been done in Word… but a job’s a job. I did what he asked with a quick turnaround.
Client: Thanks for the flyers, they look great. I’ve sent them to the printer
Me: Glad you like them. They were low-res proofs though, I’ll send you through the print-ready version for your printer.
Client: No don’t do that, the version you sent will be fine.
Me: Uh… the printer definitely needs a print-ready copy. I can send it, it’s no trouble.
Client: I’ve been working with these printers for years, they’ll let me know if it’s not fine.
Me: I know I saved it low-res. I can assure you now it’s not good enough to print. It won’t take me long to send it to you, how about I send it just in case? I know this is a rush job and you need it printed tomorrow, but I won’t be available to do it tomorrow.
Client: (getting annoyed) I’ve been working with these printers for years, I know if it looks fine on my screen it will be fine to print. I have other work for you to do so don’t worry about this and clear your schedule.
He didn’t give me any other work that day – I didn’t need to “clear my schedule” at all.
I don’t think I’ve ever worked for anyone who wanted me to do my job less.