Should I have turned down this catering job?
Posted 28 July 2011 - 01:42 PM
These were the details:
This event was for the annual convention of a national organization
Mini (1-2 bite) desserts for 300, at least 4 varieties, around 1200-1500 pieces
She wanted me to provide punch to drink
I had to bring all napkins, plates, cups, etc.
She wanted a tasting before the event
Once I received all the details, we finally started talking about price. She said she didn't know the budget and would call me back the next day. She did not call for three days and only did so after I sent a message saying that I could not do the event due to the time constraint. With only nine days until the event, I did not feel comfortable committing to this job (for many reasons). She said she did not receive my message, but I don't believe that. I feel bad for not taking it (not for her, I could use the money) and I have beat myself up about it ever since. Can anyone out there ease my guilt? Or, should I have bitten the bullet and taken the cash?
Posted 28 July 2011 - 01:52 PM
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Posted 28 July 2011 - 03:47 PM
This is the part to remember. Nobody at the event or funding the event will care about the reasons why if things don't go well. You can tell them "I only had x number of days due to blah blah blah..." but the only thing leaving the event if things go badly will be "the catering was terrible".
at the end of the day people will reflect any failure of the event back on you
Posted 28 July 2011 - 04:02 PM
Posted 28 July 2011 - 06:11 PM
Gap, you're absolutely right. Any problems would have been seen as a lack of skill and organization on my part.
If my friend knew a month out about the event, what would it have hurt for the woman to contact me? I know that I was right to walk away from this, but I wish she had given me more time, if not for my sake, then for the next person she asked. If I only had nine days, they had even less.
My husband will be grateful to you all for helping me stop beating myself up about this, but he'll still wonder why I didn't just listen to him in the first place
Posted 28 July 2011 - 06:32 PM
Posted 29 July 2011 - 04:20 AM
Posted 29 July 2011 - 10:31 AM
The huge lack of response on her end would have put me off right away. She should have brought up the budget upon first discussion so you would have known whether it was even feasible.
Let it go knowing you have your sanity and no stress over what would have been a nightmare.
“Peter: Oh my god, Brian, there's a message in my Alphabits. It says, 'Oooooo.'
Brian: Peter, those are Cheerios.”
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Posted 07 August 2011 - 04:31 AM
eat my LIFE
Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. -Howard Thurman
Posted 07 August 2011 - 05:48 AM
9 days notice for such an event is pretty ridiculous actually. Heck even a month is extremely short notice.