GOOD, FAST, CHEAP. PICK TWO.
You may have heard about this rule when it comes to work, but sometimes it's good to be reminded.
- •When I started working independently, I was told this rule.
- •You can have good and fast.But then be ready to pay.
- •You can have good and cheap.But then let me take my sweet time.
- •You can have fast and cheap.But don't expect my best work.
- •The problem is, everyone wants all three.
- •I have made some exceptions to this rule.Always by accepting less money than what I am worth.
- •Once it was because it was a project close to my heart.That's one I don't regret.
- •But every other time, it ended up with me resenting the client.I will never work with any of them again.
- •The reason I am revisiting this rule, is because someone I respect has offered me a project for very little money, with a lot of work involved and a tight deadline.This client is actually the one who I did the project close to my heart referenced above!
- •They tried to make it sound better by saying they could offer me lots of these projects to make it worth my while.Like I'm a big box store who offers bulk work at a discount.
- •But the thing is, even though I'll get triple the money that way, it's still triple the work!
- •So I am working up the nerve to tell them no.I don't even have any other work lined up! I just don't want to resent them and damage our relationship. Or hate myself for taking on too much for no reward.
- •Part of me also wonders if they would low ball a man this way.
- •Or is it just because I am obviously a people pleaser?
- •My time is valuable.Any time I work is time away from my kids.
- •And it should be compensated accordingly.