After officially telling my boss yesterday that my last day is Friday and I start the new job on Monday, he asked me if I wanted to still do some of my current work for the mines on the side on the weekends. I’ve been thinking about it. Four hours on Saturday and Sunday morning… it wouldn’t be too bad, since I rarely do stuff in the mornings, and if it gets to be too much for me, I’ll just stop doing it. The extra money would help too. It’s like an extra $368 gross. Awesome.
On the other hand, I wouldn’t have time to do my web design stuff. I’m probably not going to make a lot of money in web design at first, just because I’m starting out and trying to build a bit of a portfolio first.
It’s going to be a difficult battle for me to stop fixing computers. I have this weird guilt thing that makes me unable to say no when people ask me, especially when I’ve known them for so long and they’ve been giving me good business for that duration. It’s hard to stop because I feel like a selfish jerk if I do. A lot of my clients have become more than just acquaintances to me. Some of them even became friends! It’s not even that I don’t want to fix computers; it’s that I won’t have time to focus on improving my skill set for web design if I keep doing it, and I want to nurture these new skills I appear to be developing. On average, I’m fixing at least three computers a week. It doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up, especially when it consumes more than a day at a time. However, my heart is telling me that I want to move forward. I think the only way I’ll ever truly get out of this business is to leave town. I have no choice.
The other way is to just be an asshole raise my repair rates. Since everybody else is charging more than I am and people are getting worse service, I figure I should be able to charge more. If people want to pay it, that’s fine. If not, then that’s no skin off my back. I’ve been thinking about it. Besides, if people really want their computers fixed right, they’ll pay. At least, I think. However, the same guilt thing hits me when I’m charging people, because computers are so cheap these days that I feel people shouldn’t have to pay so much for services; but that’s just the way the industry is now – pay less for the computer, pay more for software and services. It doesn’t make me feel any better, though. However, I think that on the other hand, every second that I spend fixing computers is a second lost on not advancing my web design, so why shouldn’t I make more money while I’m at it? Yeah, right – try convincing myself of that when the client asks how much they owe me. Guilt settles back in, as usual. I think I need counseling or something for this guilt problem I have. It’s definitely psychological. Hehehe.
Wow, this e-mail just became a blog post. I think I’ll blog it! XD
I just did. Hehehe.
I spoke to my boss this morning; he wants me to design a website for his auto club on the side. It would pretty much be charity work, but he promised that in return, he would advertise my company, SWISS’D, at all his community events. Sweeto.
CAPTAIN PLANET!!! Sorry, just using my new catchphrase.
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