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Post by GeordiePainter on Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:08 pm

...told a potential client you weren't available (when in fact you were) so that you didn't have to paint at their event because they were either renowned as awkward clients OR renowned as a really rough and boisterous family?

I really like the flexibility of being self employed as I can pick and choose my working hours. However, I have done the above and felt guilty about it as money is money and I should probably put my business head on in all occasions!

I had painted for the family before and it was basically a nightmare - rude kids, drunk adults, disgusting language and manners and I'm not prepared to put myself in that position again. Obviously the decision must be made on a case by case basis, and I felt really strongly about this one even though it meant me missing out on a couple of hours work.

Any similar experiences? Tell me I'm not the only one! Lol!
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Post by leapinglizards on Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:36 pm

Yes.... and have left mid situation before as well. It is the joy of being self employed- as long as you do it judiciously!

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Post by fesspenter on Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:44 pm

Dear GeordiePainter:
Money is only a means to an end.
Money is not worth it if you feel abused.
There are a few threads here with nightmare clients. You are not alone.
My very second paying face painting job was a nightmare that involved cats with diarrhoea, burning moose hide, burning moose hair, and burning moose poo. I thought... "I WILL NEVER FACE PAINT AGAIN!" Well, I DID face paint again. That situation has never come up again. Only once in the subsequent years has anyone tried to place me next to a cat litter box, and I requested to be moved immediately.
I do not know the names of the threads involving nightmare clients. If you Google facepaintforum.com nutbar you will find a big long rant of insanity that is guaranteed to make you feel totally sane, in comparison.
xoxo
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Post by TheGildedCat on Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:59 pm

Yes, yes, and yes.
Feel no hesitation in saying no to a client that isn't worth your time. If you're feeling guilty, raise your rates just for them to an amount you'd feel is acceptable to deal with them. If they say no, no loss. If they say yes, well, you're earning enough to deal with their hijinks.
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Post by JJJJJ on Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:53 pm

It was all very well said, above, but I feel like jumping in and throwing my three pennies into the ring too ...

Money is ... not everything! Not even close! Time - time well spent - is more important. Time is life. If you know that a place is going to be purely terrible, there should be no guilt. Would you apply to a company that was famous for mistreating its workers? If there were all sorts of other companies you could apply to that were known for being good to their workers?

This is a similar situation.

And it is not a matter of your character, either. Your character can get a good enough workout and shine through when you unavoidably find yourself in an unpleasant predicament and your muster your goodwill and handle it with flair and grace.

But you do not need to needlessly subject yourself to a known abusive situation. Instead, by not signing on for it, you display an often underused character trait: self-respect.

So, even if it costs you a bit, stay home. Go outside and watch the flowers grow that day. They'll never sway quite that way in the breeze again. And you won't be gritting your teeth while the cursewords fly.

Peace!

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Post by rthling on Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:47 am

Oh, yes.
I'm sure everyone on here has a story about THAT client. You know the one.
And not being available may be as simple as having already planned some family time.
Don't worry about it.
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Post by Guest on Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:05 pm

I turn down work pretty regularly for many reasons. It is my choice to take the jobs offered. I am under no obligation to accept anything I don't want to.

Reason I turn down jobs:
- already booked
- already have a commitment such as my other job, family
- I have no desire to support the cause or organization who wishes to hire me
- need a day off for myself
- worked for them before, NEVER again
- they annoyed me by not reading my instructions properly or failed to provide me the necessary information (i.e. they send a 25 character text speak question via email that I do not understand and provide no name or contact info)

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Post by fesspenter on Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:14 pm

I love you, Shannon Fennell!

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Post by rthling on Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:52 am

Shannon Fennell wrote:I turn down work pretty regularly for many reasons. It is my choice to take the jobs offered.  I am under no obligation to accept anything I don't want to.

Reason I turn down jobs:
- already booked
- already have a commitment such as my other job, family
- I have no desire to support the cause or organization who wishes to hire me
- need a day off for myself
- worked for them before, NEVER again
- they annoyed me by not reading my instructions properly or failed to provide me the necessary information (i.e. they send a 25 character text speak question via email that I do not understand and provide no name or contact info)

This. Evil or Very Mad 
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Post by GeordiePainter on Fri Jun 27, 2014 12:56 pm

Awesome responses! I guess I'm officially a NORMAL (crazy) facepainter!  cheers 
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Post by Forest-Fairy on Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:16 pm

I did it a few days ago! lol

Told them i had a booking this weekend when i didn't so they would book me for a different day (which they did), also as i was on the phone with them i got a message about a booking for the day i said i was unavailable. Win! lol
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