Important memos to future self:

If the specs the client gave you seem written by a confused pre-teen, run.
If the client says something like "this can't possibly take THAT long", run.
If the client can't pay you enough, but reassures that (in return) he won't stress you and let you work in peace without imposing deadlines: he's lying, run.
If he politely asks to do something but then when you say no he keeps insisting, Don't. Give. In. Ever.
If the project seems shitty and not likely to have success, but hey, seems also simple and easy: it's not. But it's shitty anyways.

And on top of all: trust your fucking guts, you've been right tons of times by now. You didn't want to do this but you forced yourself, because "it's still an opportunity" and stupid slogans like that. Never again.

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    absolutely solid advice.
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    Should've read this in April.
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    @Lor-inc weirdly enough, I also got the gig I'm ranting about in April
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    Just chewed out a client and told them the next time they waste my time will be the last.

    Everybody is going to resent you for knowing in full something they can’t even scratch the surface of.

    It’s time they either pay homage or figure out how to code on their own.
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    @HiFiWiFiSciFi you're totally right, but I just get baffled by the fact that this only seems to apply to 'digital' professions.
    I mean, almost nobody unrerstands shit about plumbing as much as they don't understand coding. But if you call a plumber, and he charges you 500€ for a few hours of work plus materials, and maybe puts on some machinery you're not familiar with, you just shut up, say thanks and pay.
    While we get questioned for everything, have to bargain for a fair pay, and are kind of expected to always be available to fix whatever shit comes out for free even if it's not our fault - and often I hear things like "well you're passionate about this job, so I thought you'd enjoy to do this and that"...
    And what really drives me mad is the fucking SUSPICION; clients interacting like they have to watch out for scams everywhere, while they're the ones actually scamming even though they're probably unaware
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