Thoughts on transitioning from one contract to another

Subject: Thoughts on transitioning from one contract to another
From: Ed <glassnet -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 12:10:15 -0400

I would like to hear from fellow writers who have experienced a quick
transition from one contract to the next as a new opportunity appeared.

I may be at the tail end of a 3-month contract. I was placed by a well
known body shop (Employer B) at a very good rate, and the hours are 2-3
days each week. I work from my office 1-2 days each week. The work
supervisor (a project engineer) is a good manager. I have no complaints at
all, and see this type of assignment as ideal. However, it is a project
that is constrained by budget and time. I should be concerned with the
project end, but I am not aggressively pursuing work, and letting my muse
take charge, for a change. I have not received an end date yet.

For 10 years previous I was employed as a full time writer (Employer A). It
was a very good job, but there is an economic cycle, and my number came due
in January. Now, 9 months later, I am expecting a job offer to go back
there, but as a temporary worker of Employer A. I don't have specifics yet.
But I expressed interest when asked.

There are 2 questions in my mind, and I think fellow writers will bring the
right perspective to this discussion.

1. If hourly rate for Employer A was X, would you ever accept less than X?
I realize that a fair rate would be X + 25%, or more, but not expecting
that kind of offer. Money has not been discussed at all.

2. Would you discuss this at all with Employer B, or the work supervisor?
Or, just give 2 weeks notice if and when this becomes an issue.

I believe all of this will play out in the next month. There are other
aspects to consider, but I thought posting this now a good idea.

Thanks in advance.

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