Geez. Just tell the customer you'll talk to your boss about it and see what he wants to do. Is your boss that THAT unapproachable that you need to ask about it here first?
Maybe he'll let you do for a reduced cost or something.
do this for free and he'll expect all future work for free to
or little money
plus what if something goes wrong? leaks? fire? got insurance?
I did a job a couple months ago for an average lady, with an average house that had average furniture, with an average car. She told me how she was alone since her husband had passed, thought I was heading for a sob story. Didn't look like she would have money, quite the opposite. She did not complain about price, just pulled out her checkbook in front of me. The registry total - $78,000, not rich but she could afford me
You can't tell what's in a wallet by it's cover.
Last edited by HebertDrainCare; 01-09-2009 at 12:03 AM. Reason: too harsh before?
I think you made a good decision. When you take into account all the replies in this thread, what you have is not really an *ethical* question but more of a question of personal boundaries -- of what you need to do in order to protect yourself and your future work. From that perspective, it seemed obvious to you that didn't want to set yourself with a sticky situation. Sometimes changing the way you look at the problem makes answering much easier.
Martia ~ Alaska Dog Sledding
These are my few thoughts on sidework...
When doing sidework people expect you to do it for wages, thats why you have a job, if your not getting enough hours in a week you should talk to your boss.
The liabilites will wreck you if it goes bad.
If your gonna do sidework, bite the bullet and go into business for yourself, license, bond, insurance, tools, upkeep, that way everybody plays by the same set of rules. It is not un-ethical take your customers with you, just be sure you can get enough to pay the bills.