I was a freelancer for 20 years and recently got a job with a company in my industry, but I still accept freelance gigs from time to time. The other day, I got an email from a client I used to work with as a freelancer. This guy is very demanding and annoying and he’s one of the people I wasn’t sorry to see the back of when I started my new job.
He had a fairly big project he needed help with, which involved writing several small interim reports (2-3 PowerPoint slides) as the work was being done, followed by one big report at the end to sum everything up. The money was surprisingly good and I have some debt I’m trying to pay off, so I told him I was interested in working on it. But first, I told him I thought he should know I was working full-time now in case he was worried about a conflict of interest, and that i would have to restrict my time working on it to nights and weekends.
Client: I don’t think there will be any conflicts. The small reports probably won’t take much time, you can do them on the weekends. But I think the final report would require your full-time attention. Could you take vacation time off work that week to write the final report?
I politely declined the work.