It was soooo exciting when the (that is... THE!) National Geographic Society contacted me to work on their Squarespace website. Wow, what an amazing honor. I was thrilled.. and I really enjoy bragging about it.
Well, I had 2 phone interviews over the past month. The second interview was with their creative team. They told me they were "exacting" and "persnickety" and "demanding". This is how they described themselves to me.
As the interview progressed, I started to wonder how I would ever service my existing clients if I was under contract to them... and I started to get scared to bid on new work.
One of the services I pride myself on offering is being readily available to my clients. I know how to manage my time... and sometimes it gets a little crazy, but I really have to make a conscious effort not to overbook, and stay on track.
The thing is, 2 of my most recent clients came to me with relatable horror stories. They had both hired other Squarespace developers and paid them a retainer... and got absolutely nothing after weeks of waiting and promises.
That's just amazing to me... and lucky for me because they're both awesome, fun and creative projects.
Well, anyway, back to the point of this blog post: I was really impressed that the National Geographic Society called me to tell me I was their second choice, and if it doesn't work out with their "first choice", they will be calling me back.
I hadn't even provided a proposal. They had the nicest things to say about my work. The NGS is a class act, to be sure.
The happy news is that I am so relieved - yet honored - to have been considered by such an impressive company... because now I have this awesome story I can tell... AND I don't have to stress about the amount of time that would be required to provide the level of service I like to provide.
All good. Happy, happy.