Respect the work of others if we can not do it ourselves
Last week I had an unusual order, which I will remember for a long time as a lesson: never ever do the favours to someone, who does not respect your work and time.
Last week I had an unusual order, which I will remember for a long time as a lesson: never ever do favors to someone who does not respect your work and time.
But from the beginning:
Sometimes I do furniture renovations. Not only painting or decorating with decoupage, but also upholstery. I always use new fabrics and fillings, high quality paints and varnishes. This time I was asked to do just a quick refreshment of old furniture. Unfortunately, with the fabrics provided by the client - old blankets, heavy curtains and such things. The wage was also small, more under the "favour for a family friend" and not much time to do the job.
I tried as much as I could to make nice upholstery with fabrics which I thought fit only to rubbish. It was neither easy nor pleasant (fabrics were dirty and smelly) or fast. I filled in the work entrusted to me as best as I could in such a short time. Unfortunately, the client was not happy with the result and although the price he offered on my time gave less than £ 1 per hour, he did not pay for the order and sent the furniture back to me to redo. Well, he was looking forward to grinding, painting and generally not a quick refresh, but a professional renovation for peanuts and he expected me to do the amendment for free.
And this is a lesson for me for the future. Never again! :)
Let us respect our time, our skills and our work. It does not matter if it's for a client or for a friend. Mates' rate usually raises more and more requirements, preferably for free.
well... I sent everything back, giving my "friend" addresses to professional upholsterers, where he would have to pay for that task probably 100 times more than he would dare to offer me.
Below one of the chairs (also sent back to me for redo), before, during and after.