So this venture into the freelance world is definitely awesome, and it’s going to be a great lifestyle change, but there are a few things that are going to be challenging for me to overcome. For instance, I hate talking on the phone. I always have. When I was growing up, my friends would call me after school, and I remember saying often, “Dude, we just saw each other for 9 hours, what do you want now?”
So when a client calls me, I try to be efficient and yet engaging on the phone. I have this new client whom I’d never spoken to before, and it was our first time getting to know each other in that way. I pick up the phone, put it on speaker, and….
… at that very moment, my dog, the dickhead began barking as loud as possible at the supposed intrusion of another human being in my office. To make things worse, I had 3 other dogs in the room, who apparently agreed that this was something to be taken seriously and joined in barking their heads off.
I was so embarrassed. I had to ask the client to hang on a sec, and usher the 4 jerks out into the hallway while slamming the door behind them. Couldn’t have been a great first impression, but thankfully I’ve continued to do more work for this client (today at least).
I have no problems at all with us freelancers getting the luxury of working from home, but when I was working a full time job in the office, and I heard dogs barking in the background while I myself, was talking to a freelancer, it just rubbed it in my face that they were home with their dogs and I was not.
What do you think? Should I change my dog’s name to “Dick” or was it not that big of a deal? I’m still embarrassed.