I believe I've mentioned this before, but I design knitting patterns. I just had a major push forward on my career and a particular magazine picked up THREE
of my patterns to run in a single issue. This is kind of a big deal for me. Kind of huge, really. I've been jumping up and down and dancing around screaming wildly at random intervals as the excitement hits me.
I posted about it on facebook almost immediately. I don't think I can possibly understate how excited I am over this. Almost immediately I got an influx of congratulations from some friends, but also offers to test knit from some other friends.
There's no way I can possibly knit all 3 projects for photography in the less than 2 months I've been given, so the thing is, I actually *will* need help knitting the samples. Two if the three projects have been fully written and tested and techedited and are complete, except for the final samples in the yarn chosen by the publishing company (these patterns have been submitted to and rejected by several magazines over the last year and two years respectively). I have decided to hire out the sample knitting for these two projects.
Here's the thing: I haven't gone to people who have been asking and asking to test knit for me. I did hire out to friends, but I hired out specifically to friends whom I know are up to the challenge of knitting complicated work accurately on a tight deadline. I approached two people who have tested for me before, one of whom is a regular tester/editor for me. I am paying them each a fair amount for their work.
I am left with the possible hurt feelings of those people who specifically *asked* to help me out, people I know will counter with "Well, I would have done it for free."
The thing is, I don't want people who will do it for free. I don't want people whose quality and speed is in question for me. I *need* people that I can have a comfortable business relationship
with, without it impacting our friendship.
How do you even begin to say that to a friend, though, without hurting their feelings? Especially since the people I approached are also friends.