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Jessica | posted 05-09-2007 | Number of Votes: 34  |  Current Rating: 4.61   

Real estate agent:
I need my ad completely redesigned.


Real Estate Agent:
It'll be easy though. Just move stuff around. Oh, and add all of my new listings, pull the ones that have sold. Check the prices against MLS. And I need new colors. How do you feel about the look of the logo? ...

Okay, but you do know that this is not part of my job? I charge $10 per hour for it as side work and work on it in the evenings.

Real Estate agent:
Oh yes, of course. But this will be really simple. It should only take like an hour.

Usually new ads take at least 2 hours, and that's just to change out, check, and write copy for the listings. What you're describing sounds like 4 or 5 hours.

Real Estate agent:
That's $20! It'll take you an hour and you're going to charge me $20! You're ripping me off. Padding your time like that what are you making, like $200,000 a year off of us?

... yes, by working 385 hours a week and not paying taxes.

Note: I only charge such a pathetic amount because the lady who worked there before me charged that much and I didn't want to make enemies in the first week. It also takes me about twice as long as it should because she did not understand the concept of a file structure, naming conventions, InDesign links, color management, or making text that was not all tiny, centered, red, and on a gradient background - which is why she was, rightfully, charging as much as a Sr. Bagboy at the local Super Food.

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