I have a problem. I do support at night for several clients. One of these clients has presented me with a demand tonight. Should I do it?
It's not part of what he pays me to do. He doesn't pay me much as it is..nowhere near what I'm truly worth. He has gone of out his way to be a real a** this week. He is even late paying me what he agreed to pay me.
I believe that he thinks I cannot survive without him. It would hurt...but I can survive without him. There will be others..I will be able to get other clients...I'm not the least bit worried about that.
I am thinking about not doing it and telling him to take a hike.
Should I? We have no contract..no agreement in writng. To be honest..we don't have much of a verbal agreement. This is the first time he has ever demanded something like this.
If I knew more about the situation I could give better advice, but ultimately you have to decide: is the money worth putting up with the client's crap? What if he doesn't pay? It's dangerous not having anything in writing.
Life is a much better experience if you surround yourself with good people and ditch those who serve up cr*p. We all have different personalities and backgrounds, and everyone goes through bad times. That's different. People who only take and who don't care if they bring other people down are people that I get out of my life when I can.
Is the money this person brings worth having him in your life? It doesn't sound like it.
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The problem was simple..this was the first time he *told* me to do something..it was not "can you?" or "Do you have time to?". I have never minded doing things out of the normal scope of work. This marked the first time he actually told me to do something like that.
In fact, upon further reflection..it was even worse. It was implied, "Do this...or I won't pay you tomorrow."
The task in question is done. In fact, I found something else wrong and fixed that too... but I will quit this client...this will be the last month.
He was my first client..and I really have learned a tremendous amount working for him fixing problems and answering questions. I put up with his attitude because I honestly felt that I owed him for giving me the
opportunity to learn. He is also the only one who trusted me with all the root passwords..and that meant something to me.
Anyways...he's not going to change..so...it's time.
Last edited by bryonhost1; 07-09-2005 at 03:27 AM.