How Do I Quit Working For A Friend and Stay Friends
April 11, 2012 2:03 PM Subscribe
How do I tell a friend I can't work as much for them anymore without really harming the friendship?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
For a couple of years now, I have been doing a few hours per week of work for a friend in exchange for free *foo* (this has never really been a straight exchange, since I have done way more work than received *foo* over the years, but since I enjoy the work, I have never complained about this and don't intend to start now - I mention this only to make it clear that I am not reneging on my part of the agreement). I no longer need/want *foo* to the extent I once did, my life has become pretty hectic of late, and I no longer want to do as much of this work (even though I generally enjoy it, the time commitment is just too much now). At this point, I am not only working for free (while my friend profits from my work, as this is their for-profit business I am performing the work for), I suppose I am actually PAYING to work, since I have to transport myself to and from the business and gas ain't cheap! I like my friend and I do not want to end the friendship, but I want to cut back my work by at least 2/3. AskMe, how should I approach this? (said friend is somewhat unpredictably prickly and emotional)