Saturday, June 11, 2011
I think I'm doing it wrong, or something.
Hi, my name is Art, and I make jewelry (Amongst a host of other things I do).
It's decent stuff, and people seem to like it. Much of it I sell, others I give as gifts. Some I just keep for whatever reason. Lately, a new phenomena has cropped up. People I know ask me to make something for them. To give as a gift, for themselves.... what have you.
This is not the new thing. The new thing is..... they don't pay for my work.
Maybe they just can't afford it, but are not willing to say that. If so.... why did they ask for something special, knowing they can't pay for it?
Maybe they don't think my work is worth paying for. I craft in silver and gem stones. It has value even if broken up and melted for the metal.... maybe they think silver is free?
Maybe they think I'm a 'nice guy', and won't keep asking to be paid. On that, they are right. You see.... I don't enjoy conflicts, and I don't go out of my way to look for one. The pieces I have out there unpaid..... in my mind I'll likely write them off as lessons learned, and move on past it.
One thing.... from now on, anything that leaves my hands.... does so as 'cash on delivery'. If I'm not going to get paid for my work, I'd rather keep the silver and gems myself, and save the illusion of having friends.