So I JUST finished off my contract project for my previous employer. As is typical with them, I was given only two weeks to complete the job and ended up adding an additional and substantial piece last night. Granted I quoted them only 2 hours additional work (and I was dead on with that one), but when they want to go live TONIGHT with the updates, that didn’t really give me much time; especially knowing I work a full time job elsewhere and that this is merely side business. But I came through for them and got everything updated an out the door by 9pm, the exact time I had told them I would have it done. And that makes me feel good. Better yet, I get to bill them for 21.5 hours of my time, which should be a fairly substantial check coming my way soon too.
Sometimes, I feel far superior and like I can accomplish anything. Mind you I KNOW that I’m not and I can’t, but damn it makes me feel good just for a bit.
The project really wasn’t difficult for me, just time consuming really. I had to update some help files, the user manual, knowledge base articles, and a “coach” type tutorial piece based in HTML and dynamically served via an ASP based server to the service level users. It sounds like a bit, but it really didn’t involve a -whole- lot of writing. maybe only 10 pages in total. Most of the time was spent creating new buttons and formatting everything properly.
This last little note is for friarpuck: The update I spoke of ain’t gonna happen tonight. I need to eat dinner, relax, and then go to bed. But you gave me something to think about and I do plan on dissecting it soon…