February 16, 2006
journeyman vs. master
Martin over at Easyweb makes an interesting point about "The Three Ages Of Slavery".
I'd love to draw parallels with the old Guild levels of Apprentice, Journeyman and Master, but I feel I'm still Journeying.
Yeah, I know the feeling all too well. Which is why I try to avoid consulting gigs like the plague.
The thing about consulting I hate is, you just get paid by the billable hour. So the minute you stop tapdancing, you're dead.
A Journeyman gets paid while he works. A Master gets paid while he sleeps.
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Posted by hugh macleod at February 16, 2006 11:26 AM
And to carry on the guild analogy, the word "journeyman" is derived from an ancestor of modern French "journee": a journeyman is someone who's hired and paid by the day.
Honest question, Hugh...do you not consult with your clients?
I presume from this post that you see the relationship differently?
My working relationships are very varied, Dave. One thing my personal business model does not focus on is billable hours and billable day rates.
Thanks for answering so quick.
Billing...just one more area of the ad biz that's crying out for reform.
Hugh, as a former senior big-agency ad guy now consulting independently, a few thoughts:
1. Price yourself appropriately. With your perspective, at anything less than £1,000 a day, you're giving it away. Don't.
2. Move from dayrates to extracting a slice of value, which is what I do increasingly for branding assignments.
Just my two quid worth.