Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Key to Life #4

"Keys to Life" is a series I decided to write, based on all the little personal rules and philosophies that I adhere to. This isn't meant to sound preachy. I just feel like sharin' them, that's all.

Key to Life #4:


STAND UP FOR YOURSELF

I recently did some freelance work for a vehicle wrap company (whose name I'm not gonna say on here, out of the kindness of my heart).  They had subcontracted me to do design work for their client, a learning center.  It was my first real freelance job, and they definitely took advantage of that.  They had me make changes without asking the client, and asked for it with very little notice or turnaround time.  I completed each change quickly and thoroughly, and everyone sounded happy with the work.

And then I didn't hear from the company for 3 weeks.

I received and email this afternoon from them.  The following is their message to me, and my reply to them.

From him:

Hey Ian
I didn't want you to think that I left you hanging, Mr ****** was on vacation and just called me back.
He is still interested and it looks like we will be moving forward.talk to you soon.
if you have any questions call me.
*****

My reply:
With all due respect, I'd prefer if you did not contact me any more in regards to this or any future projects you may have.  I have not heard from you in close to 3 weeks, and was never given any sort of reason as to why there was no communication.  We have also not talked about any sort of compensation for my work, and, in that period where I did not receive any word from your company, I decided to take it as a loss and a learning experience.  I suppose I should thank you for the opportunity, and wish you luck on your future endeavors, but you'll have to excuse me if I find it hard to do so at this time.

Ian

When I first talked to him about doing design work for his company, he made it sound like it'd be a much different experience than what it was.  I will NOT accept treatment like this, even at the expense of compensation, which I'm not really sure was ever intended to be paid to me.  And, like I said, it was a very... eye opening learning experience.  So thanks for that, I guess.

But what I've seen in life, way too may times, is that people won't stand up for themselves.  They've let other people walk all over them, and either won't say anything, or will be passive-aggressively (Passively-aggressive?  Passively-aggressively?) non-confrontational with them.  But not me.  I have no problem going directly to that person, and talking to them about it.  I've had hours-long talks with managers and district managers, old roommates, and anyone else who needed talking to.  In terms of this guy, I tried emailing him more than once in the time in between when I did the last work for him, and today.  For him to say that they were moving forward, and that he'd be in touch, no, I just won't do that.  You just don't treat people like that, especially those who've helped you.

Ian

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