Dilemma of an Ummah Designer.. Part #2

(Note: Read Part #1 first)

When a potential client’s message came into my inbox, it meant chance for me.

This one regular client who currently lived in my hometown asked to design a poster for a coming-up event for school kids. She didn’t give me any template but gave me an exemplary poster from another branch; different from the previous client who shared their template to me beforehand.

So obviously this client was asking to design a poster from scratch. I accepted it but I asked for agreement to pay before I can proceed. Then…


I don’t know if they were misinterpreting my service, and I don’t know if this client was being sarcastic, but I only hope for two things:

  1. If they talk shit behind my back, then I pray their pahala to be given to me.
  2. I want them to understand what I’m going through and why I need money.

Designers who worked in a physical shop would charge RM40 per hour for one design. I offered RM30 with no time limit and didn’t mind to start from scratch. This person is a regular client which I never asked for payment before. Maybe they didn’t expect me to ask for payment. It’s okay.. I already saved a probability of this thing would happen.

But, I never expected for a double reply. That “Dari kak grah…” , I knew something was wrong from there. Criticism. That person had never showed her interest in my personality and psychology, but let’s just leave it to there. I don’t want to backbite the person who acted like she cared, because at least she acted.

*sigh* I thought this kind of organization would support me through my calamities. And there goes.. But not all are like that. Maybe it’s only those who worked in my birthplace.

Long story, short: My sister asked if I could lend her some money because she had zero ringgit in her account and she needed to buy diapers & milk for her twin toddlers. She was asking for RM300 not knowing that I had only RM222 in my account. So I said to her, what if I lend you RM150 first, and the other half later? She said OK. There went my RM150. I withdrew the remainder also to pay some debts I had with my friend, now leaving only RM5 in my account. My wallet now screaming THERE ARE ONLY 8 PIECES OF BLUE NOTES IN HERE!

Until then. Salaam..


Dilemma of an Ummah Designer.. Part #1

I had people asking for my help nowadays – designing posters, banners etc.

To inform, soon there will be a big event running all over my country for fresh school graduates. There will be carnivals like Jom Masuk U, Career Week and my most concerned, Karnival Lepasan Sekolah (KLS). All are expected to be held in January 2017.

So last week, I received a job from KRIM Dungun, Terengganu as they urgently need a designer for a poster of an event. I actually volunteered myself to help them, but a friend of mine suggest that, “Hey it’s not  your obligation to help them since you are here in Selangor. They’re asking for help, don’t let them take you for granted. You know you have a lot to do here, right? Selangor branch needs you more. We need your time. I suggest that you put a price on your service. Besides, you need money for time being, right?”

She had me thinking, because what she said was right. I’m being too kind to let people take me for granted. So I decided, if they start to be very picky about the output, or if they ask to edit some more after I submit, I should charge them.

Seems like my client from Dungun was okay with the term, and it wasn’t me that decided the price on my service. They themselves wanted to pay me RM50. How can I give enough thanks to Allah? Guys, if you think RM50 for this job is cheap, let me tell you that for a student like me, it’s worth every minute. All I had been thinking about was my lunch, dinner and petrol. If I had any left, I’d save it for my Final Year Project presentation.

RM50. I have to do my best! So what I submitted to my client was not only a poster, but a Facebook profile picture that I think they need to change, and also a new Facebook cover (because I think they took Johor’s branch cover and that’s wrong).


Turns out my client liked my service. Yeay!! Alhamdulillah. It’s not much of a problem since my client kindly shared the template of the poster beforehand. Also, that’s why I added my own work and effort to offer them some new images for their Facebook page. I thank Allah so much for answering my prayers. I asked for money, and he gave me a job so I could earn my own.

And then.. A couple of hours after that.. I got a new job again. But this time.. It didn’t help. I’ll continue in my next post, insyaAllah.