Ryan Kinal
100 E. St. Clair St.
Warren, PA 16365
716.581.1000
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Turning it Down

In addition to the last full-time job I applied to, I've sent in a couple other applications. One to a newspaper in Buffalo, NY, and another to a company in Warren, PA. I haven't heard from the former, but I had an interview for the former two days ago. It went pretty well, I'd say.

Fingers crossed.

That's not what I'd like to talk about today, though it is related. What I'd really like to talk about is turning down contracts as a freelancer.

Yesterday (note: the day after my interview), I got offered a big project. 150 hours big. Pay my rent for months to come big.

But I turned it down.

Why would I do that? Well, mostly because I'm staying positive about the full-time position I just interviewed for. If I had taken the contract, and gotten the job, then I would have had to ditch the project halfway through. I considered the possibility of working both, but it also sounds like they're both in the same industry. It would be a conflict of interests at best.

Also, it being a large contract, it was a flagship, relationship starter kind of project for Split5, and I didn't want to risk hurting their business for my own personal gains.

It all came down to this: If I didn't take the contract, then I was only hurting myself. If I did take the contract, then it's possible I would have been hurting an entire business.

So I told my Split5 contact that I couldn't do it. I was as honest as possible, and made sure he knew the situation. And you know what happened? He found a shorter project for me. Nothing's final yet, but if all goes well, I'll be working with Split5 very soon.

The moral of this story is, of course, "be honest". If you have to turn something down, do so honestly and openly. And if you don't honestly feel like you can take a project, then don't.

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