Freelancing – It Doesn’t come for Free

Recently I was at Startup Saturday Pune, for attending Y U NO Charge Less?event on Attracting Traffic to Website. One question which I seen people asked while keynotes and after event networking was “Why different people/firm charge differently for same product or services”

There may be someone who may charge 500 bucks for a service/product. But there may be someone who will charge you 5000 bucks for the same!

Same question is sometimes asked to freelancers ( My Dear clients sorry if it hurts ). And this question reminds me one of the best update on facebook by my friend Priyam Malhotra.

 

Priyam's FB Status update

The Status read as:

If you ask yourself why ARTISTS (Photographers, Designers, Singers, Dancers, Musicians, Tattooists, Painters, Makeup artists, or anyone who falls under the artist category) charge “so much” for services… We don’t get paid vacation, we don’t get paid sick days, we don’t get bonuses for outstanding performances nor for Christmas. We don’t have insurance plans. We sacrifice our family on special days so that we can bring fond memories and happiness to others. Illness or personal affairs are not excuses for a bad performance. Next time you ask, remember that ARTISTS are ARTISTS because of the love of their craft, but that love doesn’t pay debts.. Happy Artists Day..!!

So that would be mine answer too! In addition some may charge much as they are “Experienced One”, and trust me; sometimes you would like to give your work to Experienced one rather then those who are new in field!

To summarize all I can say is what you paid is what you get.

Credits :

Anurag Upadhyay : For all the encouragement and suggesting title for the post :)

Priyam Malhotra : For FB Status update

Last but not least, to Rajesh Pandey a.k.a. Pandu, for not disturbing while composing this whole jumbo mumbo.

P.S. : Today is Priyam’s Birthday. It would be nice if you can help spreading about his good work in the field of photography :) Have a look at http://priyammalhotra.com/. Meanwhile I got 2 Whatsapp message from Rajesh while I was composing Credits :P

Y U NO GOOGLE IT?!

Y U NO GOOGLE IT

Dear Friend,

I beg your pardon for dropping  you to this page. This is to intimate you that there is nothing I can help you in this matter. Please take some pain and search the query you asked me yourself. I know its really hard for you to search even the easiest thing over the internet. But really it will be helpful to me if you can search whatever you are asking to me. It will make my life a lot easier :)

You can search on various search engines like google, bing etc. etc. Thanks for understanding and saving my time by not asking same thing again!

I cannot satisfy everyone!

To start with, you should know Human wants are unlimited, so its almost impossible to satisfy any human being. If one think from positive side, human need to be unsatisfied, else our race will never go ahead! It was only unsatisfied desire of human, that we have aeroplane to mobile to all latest technology which you can imagine.

But sometime for a developer like me, feel it very irritating. Let me tell you one short incident or call it a story, to understand the situation.

Once there was a painter, he painted a nice portrait of himself. Upon completing of portrait, he place it on a busy road junction and asked people to comment/suggest him on portrait. As usual being human being, one gave suggestion that nose should be little bit upward, one suggested eyes should be small and like that list goes on. Though there were few comment that portrait is best according to them but it was like a drop in the ocean.

The painter got depressed, and thought he put his bes effort to make best out of him,¬† he didn’t got the response he expected. One wise old man ( like me :P ) upon understanding situation guided him a path to overcome this situation. So the painter placed the picture with all comment and asked people to prepare a portrait like as said in comment. ultimate result no one came to do so.

So the moral of the incident or story is that its in human nature to give free suggestion. But when come to impliment or apply those suggestion, every one will wash their hands from it.

P.S.: My dear friends and clients, I can not satisfy you all anyways.

 

Image Credit : http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/are-you-fucking-kidding-me

Lesson Learnt!

Forever AloneFinally I learned why I’m forever alone. Main reason behind being alone is I was unable to balance life between my online life and offline life. Meanwhile being alone is nice because no one disturb you :P so I’m liking it.