Member Since: 26th Sep 2005
25th Jul 2013
Three for the price of one
I have one client that I receive work from monthly. He recently mentioned that he would like me to do quarterly so he didn't have to pay me monthy. I had reservations as if he couldn't pay me monthly, then how could he pay me quarterly? It turns out he wanted three months work for the price of one!
Incredible, bearing in mind this is a fairly wealthy person running a struggling limited company. I was totally taken aback, after all you don't go into a shop and pick up three items, then offer to pay for one.
Not a chance of me agreeing to this, I would rather lose the client.
27th Sep 2005
I have experience of sub-contracting from both sides and can understand the issues involved. As a sub-contractor actually working in a pratice I found I had to work harder than the employees, as I was costing them more! What eventually happened was that they took on an employee who was keen to climb the ladder and my work was whittled down to the occasional training visit miles away from home. Needless to say I bowed out.
Having used subcontractors myself, I can only say it depends on the person involved. The say would apply to an employee. If you have faith in the person and their capabilities it is fine; however if you have to do it again when it comes back for reviewing then it was an expensive waste of time.
From my own perspective I would be reluctant to subcontract again in practice, but would do it again from my home office as this offers more flexibility and does not leave you open to being used for the difficult on site visits no-one else wants.