Care and feeding of your contractor

Much of my web content writing is done on a contract basis, with the number of hours I work per month somewhat variable. The workflow from one of my clients slowed markedly in August, so I’ll be billing them for only a couple of hours of work this month.

Imagine my surprise when a check arrived from that client today representing 10 hours of work. I didn’t remember billing them for that, so went back and checked my records. No clue. Then I looked closely at the memo line on the check. It said, simply: “Bonus.”

Tears came to my eyes. I felt incredibly valued. Will I work my tail off for them in September? Oh yes, you bet!