Re: wisdom from freelancers

Subject: Re: wisdom from freelancers
From: "Katherine Noftz Nagel (Kat)" <lists -at- masterworkconsulting -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 12:21:35 -0400

straylightsghost -at- gmail -dot- com (CL T) wrote on 2008/10/22:
>This year (back in April), I made the decision to NOT take a new
>contract gig and go for something a little more recession-proof.
>Permanent, somewhat boring, full-time job.

What's "permanent?"

Ain't NUTHIN' permanent about full-time jobs where I live. Most major
employers in town, after swearing that their last layoff would be, have just announced Yet Another Downsizing. (At
least they have the decency to not call it Right-sizing, any more.)
At one of those companies, the contract employees are still there
until their contract term runs out. Only the direct hires were walked
to the door.

So, if I were the original poster, I'd go with the contract. I'd save
the difference between the new salary and my pre-layoff salary, take
advantage of the work-from-home option, and save the gas money to use
for health insurance when the spousal coverage runs out (which I'd
negotiate to continue as long as possible).

If I liked the company, the people, and the work, I'd look hard for
other things they need that I could do for them. When this contract
ended, I'd tell them I'm available for an extension. If they said no,
I'd pitch 'em for a different project, with a complete formal proposal
that showed I know the company and its culture.

If I didn't like the place, the people, or the work, I'd still stick
it out for the original contract length --- I can stand anything for a
year --- and start looking around for another gig toward the end of
that period.

In this crazy economy, I certainly wouldn't turn down a good contract
job for the possibility of a so-called-permanent job that might not be
offered to me.

My $0.18 (two cents, adjusted for inflation)
Kat Nagel

"The transformation of calories into words, of words into money,
and of money into calories again are the three basic cycles in a
freelance writer's metabolism." _Poison Pen_ by Mary Kittredge


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