The other day I posited whether I should be doing what I’m doing for a living. My doubt is not whether I’m capable, or skilled. In my day job I have no doubts whatsoever that I’m the right man for the job. I know where they’re going, what they’re doing, and I have the time to Do It Right.
But in the evening, at home, I do side jobs for small ministries. Places that work on a shoestring budget, and need a web site that’s easy to maintain, and inexpensive to have. A couple times now I’ve gotten to the end of a project, and found disappointment, and even fear, in the client. Disappointment because it’s not as easy as they’d hoped, and fear because they’ve blown the annual spare change budget on a web site, and the web site doesn’t cut it.
What’s to be done? Obviously, they still need a web site. Should they pay me MORE money to "fix" it? Do I spend a bunch of time for free fixing it for them?
So far, I’ve ended up doing a bunch of free work. Partly because they just don’t have any more money, and partly because I want to leave a happy client. But that gets old FAST. I’m not making any money, I’m not spending time with my family, and I’m not really making a "happy" client, I’m making a content client.
I guess what I really want is to hit a home run every time, and no-one can. And I know that I can’t really leave this line of work, I’d die. 🙂
Thanks for talking through it with me, and the kind words. I read the other day that most bloggers look on blogging as a kind of therapy, and I believe it.