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I haven’t done freelance design since I was a teenager. The majority of the work I produced in my...

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I haven’t done freelance design since I was a teenager. The majority of the work I produced in my youth were embroidery designs, logos, and websites. These works were for paid clients who were a joy to work with. However, I was under constant pressure from my parents to edit photos and do work for their own business at no cost. Later, I was even guilted into designing a bespoke website, logo, and brand image for my sister’s cake business for a paltry $60. 

After years of this I had the good sense to get a degree in engineering, and adamantly informed my parents that I no longer do design work. I thought it would end there. Now, years later, my mother wanted a redesign for her website:

Me: Okay so how much are you going to pay me?

Client: I’m not gonna pay you for it!

Me: Then I can’t do it.

Client: You did it for free last time.

Me: I have my own house now. I don’t rely on doing work I don’t want to do for no pay.

Client: Okay then can you show me how to just take the code and use it? Isn’t there a way I can just copy their code and put my own pictures in? 

She shows me her competitor’s website. 

Me: Mom… No.

I explained to her that it was illegal to do so but she was insistent on stealing the competitor’s web design. The competitor is a stone’s throw from their own shop and they share the same customer base. She thinks no one would notice, “as long as we change the colors.”


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