Under the Table
Freelance Switch has an article this morning entitled, “Freelancing Under the Table: The Pros and Cons.” It takes a slow, meandering path toward gently recommending that you might find it difficult when engaging in the unethical, illegal, unprofessional practice of taking cash under-the-table from clients. The article is filled with amoral, nonjudgmental passages like this:
“The IRS may be the stuff your nightmares are made of, but the simple fact is that if you take money under the table once or twice, you aren’t going to have a problem. Even if a client reports income that you didn’t expect to pay taxes on, you can probably manage the situation.”
And concludes with another gentle reminder:
“…Before taking on a project under the table, think about the issues that go along with it.”
Wow. Can you imagine such an article in a legal professionals’ publication? Or in a medical professionals’ publication? Freelance Switch has clearly established itself as the leader in providing irresponsible advice to design professionals. Imagine if your clients, in the course of learning about your profession, happens upon that article. Now imagine the impression that they’ll form about you and your profession. Does this sort of advice directed at design professionals inspire confidence in designers or in the profession as a whole? Quite the opposite. This article—and others like it that have been published on this rag—are detrimental to our practice and our profession. Further, they can only inspire our potential clients to view our profession with a jaundiced eye. Thanks, FS.
This was an excellent opportunity to advise professionalism to design professionals. This was a no-brainer, folks. The article should have simply stated that illegal and unethical practices have no place in the design profession. Period. Shame on the author for crafting such an irresponsible article and shame on Freelance Switch for publishing it.