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Lord Yupa

February 2010

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Computer work for an acquaintance.

I hate doing computer work for an acquaintance.

I don't mind doing computer work for friends, since computers are what I do, and I generally enjoy working with them, and I'm happy to help out a friend without expectation of monetary recompense.

I don't mind doing computer work for total strangers, because I don't know them, I don't feel much emotion for them, and it's easy to come up with a set cost structure in advance and enforce it. It's uniform, easy, and fair.

I hate working for acquaintances because I don't know them well enough to work on their computer at no charge (I've got too much stuff going on to waste my time like that), but I don't really wanna charge them the full price I charge for freelance consulting, either, since I do know them, if not well.

I feel like a jerk taking money from them for time spent, but I can't afford not to. I dread the question of how much it'll be, because I want to get paid for my time, but I don't want them to feel like I'm ripping them off.

And worst of all, I hate when things go sour on a job like that, because it's a pain to tell someone you know that it's going to take longer than expected, and cost more, etc.

Next time I get a request from an acquaintance, I really need to politely decline.

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Bad news.

Yeah, definitely. I don't mind dealing with business people, because it's generally not money out of their pocket they're losing, but when it's just Joe User and their bad luck. . . Ugh.

Overall, I hate dealing with individuals for computer related stuff, though.
Well, you don't have to worry about that with me! Heh. Not that I'm your acquaintance or anything. But since we're best friends from IRC and stuff. :) Seriously though, I know how you feel, and amen to that.

Anyway, I thought I would drop you a note that I added you to the brand spankin' new nebraskans community, a place to meet, network, and discuss with other people in the Nebraska area. I hope you don't mind! Feel free to invite your friends, if you know any other Nebraskans. Talk to you soon!