Schrödinger’s Project Paradox

Recently I’ve run into a problem with clients consistently demanding that I am not allowed to show off work once it is live. Aside from me really wanting to show off work that I am proud of, the bigger issue is that if I can’t showcase work it becomes harder to attract new clients.

What to do about this? I have no idea yet. If I take the job, I potentially hurt my ability to find more projects long-term – first because I don’t have new content to show off, but second because it looks like I’m not doing any new work. If I don’t take the job I sink the current project and hurt myself short-term.
In frustration I flat out turned down such a job last week based solely on this. I have mixed feelings if I should have done it – sinking a potential client but happy I stood my ground.

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