Being self-employed has advantages, like for example following the own sleep-wake-rhythm or generally being able to do things the way one likes them to be done.
A down side is the fact that one depends on the payment of other people. And they pay – or not. Is it three weeks now? I finished some texts for an institution, it is the third or fourth time I read, corrected and edited these writings, now they may print them – gottbefohlen. I sent a (very friendly!) bill, but it does not work this way.
At the start of this month I got a small recherche, as you may remember I went to the Spessart to read church books; I sent over results, transcriptions, pictures, additional materials; I did it fast to leave time for payment in time. Reaction – none.
I swear by the few things that remained holy to me: If I ever win the lottery or get a fixed position – whatever happens first – I swear that I will never ever again work for someone else, be it a private customer, a university or a company; I will never ever again make the mistake and believe in shallow words like “Yes, for money; we’ll pay you!”
The very least one could expect is that they pay the lousy hundreds dosh in time! Not even this. “Never kill a customer” … naja … not even a little bit, maybe?