I’m a freelancer. I make money by the hour when I do a job. Out of the fees I charge I am responsible for paying my own overhead–everything from quarterly taxes to the light bill. My dad worked the same way as an attorney.
My pet business peeve are the True Believers. Whether they truly believe in Jesus, Party Politics or the End Of The World As We Know It Due To Global Warming/Immigration or other issue, they always want you to work for free.
That makes me mad. I have quoted jobs for people who don’t feel they can spare the money so they don’t take me up on the work. That’s cool. I’m fine with that. I’m even flattered that they thought to ask. But the True Believers all seem to think that the cause to which they are so devoted should inspire the same level of sacrificial devotion from all of their service providers.
I love Jesus, I really do. But I think Jesus gave me talents, the access to funds to start up my business, and a good bit of business acumen to keep things going. I don’t think Jesus would be impressed with my stewardship if I did everything for everybody for nothing.
I have a really generous billing policy, including offering a 10% rebate to all 501-c-3 Corporations regardless of how I feel about their religious beliefs or politics. But don’t try to play the “I’m a poor Christian” or “This is a grassroots campaign” card with me. I have bills to pay just like you do.
I have donated a lot of time to a lot of causes, and I’m happy to do it–if it’s my idea. But if you are in a Sunday School class with my cousin and you heard that I was a Christian Graphic Designer and Copywriter, don’t send me an email and ask me to do a 2-sided 4/colour brochure (12 hours of work plus printer-followup) for nothing.