An Angry Rant and A Question

So around 3 weeks back, Mr. B and I started looking for a web developer for a project. We got talking to one freelance developer and got things going along. Costs were out of our budget, but after certain changes, a tiny bit discount and lots and lots of fund arranging from our side, the costs became manageable.

Annnnd the problem started. He stated that we will decide milestones for the project: Part 1, part 2, Part 3 and so on, and said we will have to pay him the costs of each part BEFORE he starts work on that. So when he’s doing Part 2, and if the amount decided for that is 40% of the cost, we pay him before he starts work.

We understood that he was worried that we would abandon the project midway so agreed to give him an advance. And the payments will reach him as and when he completes the work. 

He still insisted on paying him in advance for every stage. Which essentially, at one point was coming to 25% work completion and 65% payment with him.

And then he said, if it can’t happen this way, it’s best not to take this forward. We responded that we feel the same as our working ideas are different and bam! Comes the most unprofessional message ever!

I sincerely feel I should give you & your Business partner & the whole team behind this project a piece of advice which is necessary which I felt after the overall interactions which we had from last month. Even now its gonna be a full whole month in few days time & now you are coming up with your terms & conditions which I feel No freelancer Would be ready to work on your terms.! This is what I feel.! 
Better even you dont Waste your precious time & even the poor freelancers who will be your next Target.! According to me if you people have these kind of terms & conditions then I suggest you to let the poor freelancer or the developer know beforehand.! Before you proceed deep into your project discussions.! 
According to me if you people have these kind of terms & conditions then I suggest you to let the poor freelancer or the developer know beforehand.! Before you proceed deep into your project discussions.! 
It was a nice lesson learnt personally from me because of the interactions which I had with you guys.!
Lets not continue discussing about some business deal which will not be possible from our end on your terms & conditions.!

Is it just me or was his reply a little rude and uncalled for?

And yes, we didn’t speak into details about payment modes with him because 1. Our energies day and night were directed into getting funds. 2. A lot of the procedure of payment depended upon the final cost. 3. We were getting in funds from somewhere else too. And they follow this norm. So little was in our hands. We did convey the same to him.

Besides, as far as I know, this is the norm. Work gets done. And then payments get made. 

A lot of you here are freelancers. I really want to know, what is the norm you guys follow? I am really curious.

PS: When he says we went deep into discussion, they were discussions to bring costs down and as far as us abandoning him midway was concerned, we had assured him we will not begin without a proper signed contract.

Liebester Award. Woohoo!

So I open my blog to see this lovely message that Marisa from http://mokyandmarisa.wordpress.com/ has given me the Liebester Award! Yaaaaay! 🙂 Thank you!

Here is a little about it:

Rules for receiving this award:

1. Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.  

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, and then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.

3. Choose 11 new bloggers (with less than 200 followers) to pass the award to and link them in your post.

4. Go back to their page and tell them about the award.

5. No tag backs.

11 facts about me:

1. I LOVE pizza!!!

2. If I had the money, I would love to open an amusement park city.

3. Somedays, I dream of going of settling down in a small village of Italy and eat pizzas everday. Also, one where every weekend I take my boat and go drink beers in the sea. All this with the boyfriend.

4. I love to dance. And bollywood dancing gets me happy in an instant!

5. I love to design clothes. And I hope I do it someday professionally.

6. I dream a lot. More than I should. About everything and anything. From imaginary trips to replaying movies in my head to where I will be in 5 years.

7. I love bright colours.

8. I hate gyms. Every time I force myself to go, I come out in 20 minutes.

9. I like surprising people. Not necessary surprising them with parties, but with any small thing.

10. I genuinely believe and follow that if you can help some one without it being a problem to you and hurtful to others, then do it. Help the person.

11. I’m a happy person.

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And now coming to the questing asked by the super lovely Marisa:

1.  What is the weirdest dream you’ve had?

It’s the first dream I ever remember. I must have been around 6 years old. I had a G.I.Joe toy and the dream was how we got into war with my family and he was winning, and I was begging him to stop, he wasn’t listening, all this while my grandparents chilled in their room in the house. 

2.  What keeps you motivated?

This is a tough one. Because it’s various things. From the fact that I want to do well and support my parents soon, to thinking of the satisfaction of doing something, to many, many things. And sometimes, the motivations pops up out of nowhere.

3.  How do you feel about other blogs that talk about blogs they dislike (for example www.getoffmyinternets.net)?

Ok, so the getoffmyinterests.com isn’t opening on my server, but to answer the question -Unnecessary unless they are talking about a blog that posts wrong or unethical stuff. But otherwise, don’t like a blog. Don’t follow it. Don’t read it. Simple.

4.  How many bathrooms does your dream house have?

It’s not about the number. It’s about the bathroom. Bathroom is like my little hideout. So I would want it to be out of this world. A crazy rain shower, tub, big ass mirror. And coming to think about it, I would love an open air one.

5.  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Cheese, cheese, olives, cheese and cheese.

6.  What would you change your name to if you could?

I love my name and would not change it, but if i had to – Amber. In Hindi, it means sky. Or Nayan. Means eyes.

7.  Would you change your blog name if you could?

Nah. I love Happy Slate. 🙂

8.  Which website do you visit most during the day?

Mainly my blog reader and 9gag apart from Facebook.

9.  How many pets do you have?

Sadly, none. Grandmom is allergic to the hair they shed. Sensitive nose. But the boy said his dog could be my dog too. That dog is a dude! ( I will be posting about him sometime soon)

10. If you could buy an island which one would it be?

Nothing specific but it should have a beautiful beach and no deadly insects or animals. I wouldn’t want to die on my own island.

11. If you could name a star what would you name it?

I would name it Chumchum after my sister who passed away at 4 months when i was 6. Will be super easy to locate her.

Annnnnd now, for my 11 questions,

The blogs I’m choosing are:

http://glampostsnooze.com/

http://www.allthingspretty89.com/

http://www.thoughtsbyapetitebrunette.com/

http://www.chelseaandthecity.com/

http://notquitejunecleaver.blogspot.in/

http://vintage31momma.wordpress.com/

http://veiledbride.wordpress.com/

http://findingpie.wordpress.com/

http://thedelhibride.wordpress.com/

http://aishwaryaeats.blogspot.in/

http://kaprayshapray.blogspot.in/

My questions are:

1. What would your dream house be like?

2. What would your perfect date be like?

3. If you were given Rs.10 lakhs/ $1 million to spend (not save or invest) how would you spend it?

4. Ultimate dream job/business?

5.  How would you like to spend your next birthday?

6. Where would you go on a budget vacation?

7. Whats the nicest thing you have heard about yourself?

8. If you had to settle down in another country, which country and city would it be and why?

9. If you were given 7 hours to indulge yourself in whatever way possible, what would you do?

10. What is the one thing you have done that you are super duper proud of?

11. What is the one adventure you would love to go on?

And that’s 11! I cannot wait to read all these answers!