Freelance Connections: Kindred Clients

kindred spirits Anne Green Gables

There was no question about the image that would accompany such a title.

I don’t make a habit of becoming overly friendly with my clients. While there is certainly always pleasant chit-chat and some insight into personal lives, we’re both there to get a job done, and don’t tend to form deep, personal connections.

At the moment, I’m working with a local custom home builder, and part of that work is developing biographical material for their site. The designer – a woman I believe to be around my own age – sent me an email the other day with some information about who she is and what she likes. I was glad to see that she enjoys cooking from scratch, makes a serious effort to lessen her impact on the environment and uses humor as therapy.

Now, these things we have in common don’t make us instant besties, or even friends, really. That would be kinda creepy. Still, it’s nice to “bump into” someone who has an appreciation for the habits I try to observe in my own life. More over, it’s interesting to see a person characterize themselves by how they live, rather than what they do.

“Surely it’s, uh, not what you do, but the way that you… that you do it.” -Jude, Across the Universe

Whatever. I love that movie.

Anyway. One of the things I really like about working freelance is that I often get to work with new people. For the most part, the outcome is good, and I have a new connection out there in Internet land. In this case, I also have someone, right here in town, who will most likely get what I mean when I mention last night’s dinner of quinoa bites.

Have a lovely weekend, m’dears!

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