From Feb 12 through last August, I was creating branding and a multi-channel marketing campaign and website for a multi-purpose real estate development overlooking downtown dayton. The contract ran through September. In June they hired a new CFO who kept bitching that I was too expensive and he wanted to break the contract. So we agreed to terminate the gig a month early. They had to pay September's retainer, and I offered to finish up the work. They were sour grapes and declined. No problem and sayonara.
So who called this afternoon? You betcha! They're about to break ground on the condos and need to start the pre-construction marketing. They interviewed a half dozen Dayton agencies, and then decided they wanted me back! Meeting is tomorrow afternoon, and we're gonna make sure we agree on a budget and scope — and the CFO is gonna have to sign the contract along with the COO. I LOVE when that happens!
Oh, and speaking of reversals... the deal is back on with the Benz. Bringing it to my mechanic Friday to make sure it's sound.
This when I get that be careful what you ask for pang.
A few weeks ago I answered an RFP from the regional transit authority for a TV campaign and made the short list. The creative presentation is this AM. At the same time, I answered RFPs from the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau and a local CyberKnife cancer treatment center. Those decisions are coming next week. Plus a large Cincinnati document storage and management company that I pitched in January just scheduled a briefing for next week to kick of the first of several projects.
This is the insanity of freelancing. You have to do a constant rain dance, and then be able to swim when the flash floods come!
Yeah.. you worry that you can't get it all done in time for everyone.. then when it's slow, you worry when the next job will come. I would never go back willingly to a salaried job working for someone else, but there is something to be said about having weekends totally free and being able to sleeep at night.
Loc: Finland, on the Arctic Circle
Whoa Steve! You're on a roll now. Well at least until your next downtime, that is. Did you remember to sound all cool and nonchalant on the phone as if you knew all the time, they'd get back to you?
Yeah, as a freelancer, you can never be fully content with your work situation. Currently I'm treaching a course on web publishing (basically html&css and the best practices in web design, plus some usability principles) to second-year graphic design students at the uni, and I have website project ongoing, two prospects I'm trying to pull in and no freaking time to go skiing during the week!!! And this is the last month of the season, when the weather is at its awesomest and snow is soft. And having enough time for my hobbies and doing them when it best suits me is one huge reason I don't miss working for the man. Ironic.
I should be happy, I guess, though, as summer is coming in fast. Last summer I had about three months off. Yeah, it always sounds good right up until I get to the part where I say there was no cash coming in for three months...and what if I get a gig or three for the summer? Well, all that is time I can't be focusing on mountain biking or fishing. Shucks.
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