March 19th, 2007 by Bob Bly
One of the dangers of being — as well as using — a freelancer is that if something happens to the freelancer, the work doesn’t get done.
Case in point: within the last week, my 75-year-old mother was rushed to the hospital emergency room, diagnosed as having had several small strokes, lost vision in her left eye (possibly permanently), and had surgery to remove a benign tumor — believed to be the cause of the stroke — behind her heart.
You can imagine how stressful — and disruptive — all this is to my life and my work.
But like any freelancer, I have multiple projects under contract — projects clients are counting on me to deliver, at a high level of quality and on time.
What would you do if you were me? How would you handle this emergency situation?
Am I bound to let clients know about it? I did. Was that wise or foolish?
Do you think businesspeople understand and allow for “Acts of God” in their dealings with their vendors?
Or is a catastrophic illness or other similar event simply not the client’s problem or concern — a circumstance that should in no way effect what they are buying from you?
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