Earlier in my freelance career, I had an instance where income was lean, but I had just landed an unexpected new client offering to pay me a fairly large amount via a monthly retainer agreement. This was money above our tightened budget, so I felt confidently excited we could soon afford to make a major purchase that we had been putting off for the family — a new dog.
Our beloved family dog had died, and after several months of missing his presence we were emotionally ready to greet a new puppy. What we should have done was wait for the money to be in the bank before ever going and looking at the little cutie pies in the store to be tempted by their imploring little brown eyes. Continue reading