After being through a dry spell business-wise, I am (bite my tongue) seeing it clear a little bit. I don’t know if it’s the light at the end of the tunnel or just the headlights in the night of a speeding car heading my way, but I think things could be getting better. I even find it happening at VW Home, which really hasn’t been affected that much this year – probably because the merchandise is quite unique. But there seem to be more phone calls, more people committing and more opportunities out there.
How are things looking on your side? Is it the right kind of light?
Name: Kathryn Krughoff
How do you avoid working for “non-paying” friends?
By choosing not to! I have found that if you do it for nothing, usually they won’t respect your opinion because they’ll subscribe to the notion that “what you get for free you really don’t trust”. I would definitely give them a discount on your services, but clear the financial agreement upfront – be very black and white about it. If they insist on not paying you, it shows disrespect for you as a creative person and as a friend and that is just not acceptable.
Despite all the things that this year has slung our way, there is still plenty to be thankful for, right? I have my health back and for that I guess I am most thankful right now.
I feel like I never made a special mention here of the amazing nurses at NYU Medical Center where I spent two weeks in October. They work such long stretches that start by bathing you at 4am and they just keep going non-stop all day long. Then, when you get better, you leave and they go on to the next sick person. It’s so tough. Yet they stay patient and kind and I think we can all take a leaf from that book.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?