Re: FWD: Contracting where you used to work

Subject: Re: FWD: Contracting where you used to work
From: "Eric J. Ray" <ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 06:39:53 -0600 (MDT)

On Tue, 25 Sep 2001 anonfwd -at- raycomm -dot- com wrote:
> I was laid off recently from a startup company that is experiencing the
> usual pains. My boss has said she would like to have me back on a
> contract basis, once they actually get some customers. I'm keeping an open
> mind to this possibility, while continuing to search in a lifeless market.
> Has anyone had this experience of going back to work on contract for a
> company where you were previously full-time? How does it change your
> relationships with your (remaining) coworkers and your supervisors? How
> do you determine a fair rate? Any pitfalls to watch out for?

I've done this, although after voluntarily leaving, not
after a layoff.

Assuming you had good relationships before, there's no
reason they shouldn't continue.

You should figure out your previous hourly rate
(divide annual salary by 2000, approximately) and
double it, unless you want to give yourself a raise,
in which case you should double it and then some.
You as a contractor cost the company _far_ less
than you as an employee, and they're still coming
out ahead with you as a contractor at 2x hourly
employee rate.


Eric J. Ray ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com


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