There is no end of the tunnel this time
March 2, 2010 8:16 AM Subscribe
Burnt-out: kill the cash cow or live with it?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total)
I'm a freelance programmer developing a web application for a company which will integrate and handle all its processes. I've been working with them for almost three years. As a freelancer, having an steady income is a bliss.
But now I got bored. I've never worked on a project this big all by myself. I've had projects where I saw the end of the tunnel, made it and moved on to something new and interesting. But there's no end for this project and I'm burning out. I'm not enjoying this anymore. I'm tired of doing the same thing every day.
On the other hand, I should be grateful for having a secure income. A lot of people are looking for work and I have plenty. I should be a professional and do this regardless of how I feel. But then again, doing this for years to come doesn't appeal to me. I'm not inspired nor passionate to follow this. I feel I'm stagnating. I'm not learning new things and moving on with the programming wave.
Due to the size of the project, it needs a lot of my time. I can only take smaller gigs on the side. This project is a kinda cash cow, it's my main source of income and killing it would leave me financially unstable. I don't have much other clients to support me, but then again, I can't have more because this project eats all my time.
I don't want a bad reputation for abandoning this client. I've developed a friendship with the project manager and he's placed a lot of trust on me. They depend a lot on my services.
What can I do?