Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Regrets, I've had a few

Playing my hand yesterday is very likely going to mark the end of my time with this client. Over the past 8 years that they've been my major client I've helped to grow them from a micro-business to a company employing over 100 people. Although they've recently been acquired by another company I still feel a strong sense of loyalty to them and I have been quite conflicted as these days approached.

With hindsight I probably should have raised the issue of my reduced availability with them last Tuesday. Even though I was unsure of both the scope of their project and if I wanted to work on it, it probably would have been a fairer thing to do.

On the other hand, there comes a time when you have to start furthering your own goals. I've been putting the interests of the client above my own for a long time now, sometimes with disastrous results for my own business. So I guess hedging my bets for 1 week isn't so bad when you measure it against 8 years of service.

I think you have to recognise that whenever you leave a job you are going to leave others in the lurch to some extent. It's only recently that I've come to that conclusion, if I'd realised it earlier I may have followed a different path these last few years.

Still I've had a good run with them and on the whole it's been a beneficial relationship for both sides. In a sense as I'm moving away from them, they're also moving away from me with new owners and a new focus. If this does mark the end of our association I will wish them well and hope they do the same for me.

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