Thank you for laying it out there. I’m relieved to see I’m not alone. This is something I’ve been struggling with for quite a few years, not just in freelancing but working anywhere. It seems somewhere along the way people have become hypersensitive to any type of criticism therefore withhold their own criticism for fear of hurting someone’s feelings. Feelings have no place in the workplace. There are ways to communicate with a level of tact and professionalism that should not be taken personally and should actually be appreciated because the criticism is offered with the assumption that the person receiving your criticism wants to provide you with an end result as close to your ideal as possible and would use the feedback to improve themselves as well as the service they provide. If you get offended by someone’s criticism, that is your problem. If you can’t communicate your needs effectively, that is also your problem. Conflict can actually lead to positive growth despite its negative connotation. If my employer sees me performing a task a certain way and knows a better, more efficient way it can be performed but doesn’t tell me, I would be upset. Even more so if he brought it to the attention of my peers and they just stood there puzzled by my decision to accomplish the task using an old, inefficient method rather than using the machine, for instance. Because I didn’t know there was a machine that could do it faster and easier and your ridiculous fear of somehow offending me by bringing it to my attention and making my job easier is preventing you from doing your job effectively as well as inhibiting my own professional development. And my battery just died. Sorry for the rambling nature of the comment. Thank you again for allowing me to get this off my chest. Take care.