Brag/Complain Thread

Brag: I got a signed invoice and payment today and the client put a smiley face underneath her signature… what a sweet old woman

Complain: some other bitch thinks she is cute when she decides to change her painting titles/order constantly… getting to be a hassle

Brag: I’m busier than I’ve ever been, even with the economy.

Complain: Clients are taking fucking forever to pay. I’ve had to threaten to take down more sites for non-payment the last 6 months the rest of my 10 year career combined.

Brag: I’m very very close to getting a ~90k/yr job.. not bad for graduating with a film studies degree 5 years ago , and to all the NYC haters, I can work remotely which leaves the option of living in a much cheaper location.

Complain: Was supposed to build a site for a client with a very quick turn around (2 weeks). This was 6 months ago. They paid me half up front and have not given me any content and very little direction and they kept pushing the deadline back. Got an email from them yesterday that they want it up next week and they sent me a very shitty layout that looks like somebody’s kid did. Already sent them an email saying its not possible for next week and I’m already preparing to send their money back and cut off ties completely

brag: only poor people with high hopes but imminent failure brag.

complain: freelance web developers are giving this industry a bad name with their underestimated deadline proposals and flaky website building skillz.

Brag: getting a bunch of clients from months ago randomly contacting me and wanting more work.

Complain: new clients are all super enthusiastic, "hurry and and invoice me because I want to get started ASAP!" and then take forever to pay.

Brag: getting a bunch of clients from months ago randomly contacting me and wanting more work.

Complain: new clients are all super enthusiastic, "hurry and and invoice me because I want to get started ASAP!" pay right away but takes you forever to finish.

fixed.

Complain: estimated 550hrs @ $140/hr then they complain about both figures

Complain: estimated 550hrs @ $140/hr then they complain about both figures

I mean, they gave us almost no requirements – so I probably padded a good 20%

But it is our bottom rate good luck finding cleared people to work for your client on a short term engagement

had a job interview with a small local company looking for a web/graphic designer, told me over the phone was looking for a redesign of their site and help with email marketing and some other shit, sounded interesting went today for an interview

95% of the job will entail entering data into excel and converting it for their ebay software, and the other 5% is photo editing

no web design, no graphic design, they told that to people to get them in for interviews, they told me that during the interview

no idea, it would have saved me time

Most of the time the companies just have no idea what they need.. they just want a ‘computer saavy’ guy.

I worked for a week at Cole Haan.. they advertised and interviewed it as a flash developer job. The work I did was mostly photo retouching and layout (within the Flash IDE)

Complain: Everyone wants to fucking talk on the phone. Hey, let’s have an hour-long phone call full of "ums" and "uhs" when the same thing could be accomplished with a 5 or 10 minute email (15 if you type slow) that we’ll have a permanent record of it so if you get confused in the future I can just point to your email and say "see here where you said blah blah blah" rather than having to set up another phone call so I can hear you "um" and "uh" for awhile.

Brag: Sometimes I get clients who like email.

Complain: Some people ask the same question over and over. Example:

Q. "What would you recommend in this situation?"

A. "Well that depends on what your goals are at the moment. There are three options, you can A, B, or C. If you want blah blah blah, do A. If you want blah blah blah, do B, and if you would prefer blah blah blah, then do C."

Q. "Ok. What would you recommend in this situation?"

A. "Like I said, it depends on what your current goals are at the moment. Did you need clarification on A, B, or C? Or did you need further examples? Please let me know if you have any questions."

Q. "What would you do in this situation?"

A. "Are you asking me personally? Personally I would go with option B because blah blah blah if my goals were blah blah blah."

Q. "So you’re saying we should do B."

A. "I said that’s what I would choose if my goals were such that B is the right answer."

Q. "So what would you do in this situation?"

A. "Do you want me to take full control of everything and choose what I think is best based on quantitative analysis of your current situation?"

Q. "Well… I still want to have some input."

A. "Then let me know how you want to proceed: A, B, or C. Or let me know if you need some more information or analysis to help you reach your decision."

Q. "What would you do in this situation?"

A. "I would find someone else to work with."

Brag: Some clients are awesome.

Brag:

Complain

Brag: I’m good at this shit.

Complain: I want a career change.

Brag: I got offered a pretty awesome job that’ll be both engaging/stimulating, and pretty financially rewarding.

Complain: Still have to work doing the same shit I have for a few years for a couple more months until above company is beyond the "idea/biz plan" phase.

But I’m still getting paid for every time they call me or I go to their office, so it’s ok

Brag: Just counted, and I designed and built 87 sites in the past 11 months

Complain: I hate 80 of them.

Got a call from that company I interviewed with last week and I turned down the job lol

brag: got 1st web design client

complain: accidentally deleted one of my money sites wordpress installations,

Yeah, I don’t know why. I’ve had a sudden disinterest in web development for the past year or so. Still do my job day-in, day-out, but stopped working on my ideas and projects and don’t know what to do. Don’t really even contribute to this forum anymore… and you know I’ve contributed a lot for a number of years.

Maybe I’m having one of them mid-life crisis things.