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    An ex-client has come back after we last did work 18 months ago asking me if I could drop them a line to take part in some meetings on how best to do some work on their helpdesk system.

    They've said that initially it's just a few meetings over the phone (about 4 hours) which they are willing to pay for. Then an additional 3 days of analysis/documentation & they reckon 10 days development. They'd like me to do the development, but understand that I may be busy elsewhere & in that case they'd get someone to follow the design. They want to pay hourly & they're happy to schedule meetings after normal work hours.

    Should I bother?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarillionFan View Post
    An ex-client has come back after we last did work 18 months ago asking me if I could drop them a line to take part in some meetings on how best to do some work on their helpdesk system.

    They've said that initially it's just a few meetings over the phone (about 4 hours) which they are willing to pay for. Then an additional 3 days of analysis/documentation & they reckon 10 days development. They'd like me to do the development, but understand that I may be busy elsewhere & in that case they'd get someone to follow the design. They want to pay hourly & they're happy to schedule meetings after normal work hours.

    Should I bother?
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    For 100k, yes.

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    I take it you are back from the states now ?
    If so then think of a number and add a bit. As long as it doesn't impact on your social life too much then just do it.

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    Tell them you'll only take it on a fixed price basis. That way you can normally factor in a few extra grand for the hassle.

    Doing it by the hour is a bit more constrained profit wise, and probably a bit of an administration burden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarillionFan View Post
    An ex-client has come back after we last did work 18 months ago asking me if I could drop them a line to take part in some meetings on how best to do some work on their helpdesk system.

    They've said that initially it's just a few meetings over the phone (about 4 hours) which they are willing to pay for. Then an additional 3 days of analysis/documentation & they reckon 10 days development. They'd like me to do the development, but understand that I may be busy elsewhere & in that case they'd get someone to follow the design. They want to pay hourly & they're happy to schedule meetings after normal work hours.

    Should I bother?
    Think of a number, double it and quote that. I guarantee they won't try and haggle you down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarillionFan View Post
    An ex-client has come back after we last did work 18 months ago asking me if I could drop them a line to take part in some meetings on how best to do some work on their helpdesk system.

    They've said that initially it's just a few meetings over the phone (about 4 hours) which they are willing to pay for. Then an additional 3 days of analysis/documentation & they reckon 10 days development. They'd like me to do the development, but understand that I may be busy elsewhere & in that case they'd get someone to follow the design. They want to pay hourly & they're happy to schedule meetings after normal work hours.

    Should I bother?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiveTimes View Post
    I take it you are back from the states now ?
    If so then think of a number and add a bit. As long as it doesn't impact on your social life too much then just do it.
    I've been back for weeks.

    I'm not in the US, I'm in London, but I'm back and forth to the US. Off again in two weeks for two weeks.
    One more trip and I'm back to a Silver BA Card.

    Not sure. Last time this client was a bit of a nightmare (making meetings then cancelling at the last minute). Useful to keep in, but they'd bastardized their system so much it's not an easy discussion. Extra money is always good though. Have to sleep on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MarillionFan View Post
    An ex-client has come back after we last did work 18 months ago asking me if I could drop them a line to take part in some meetings on how best to do some work on their helpdesk system.

    They've said that initially it's just a few meetings over the phone (about 4 hours) which they are willing to pay for. Then an additional 3 days of analysis/documentation & they reckon 10 days development. They'd like me to do the development, but understand that I may be busy elsewhere & in that case they'd get someone to follow the design. They want to pay hourly & they're happy to schedule meetings after normal work hours.

    Should I bother?
    I take on work from all directions and have a solid client base. Should this even be a question for a proper contractor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suityou01 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by doodab View Post
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    If you're buying, I'm selling.

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