Re: Why do you do contract work?

Subject: Re: Why do you do contract work?
From: Folse Kate <folsek -at- BSCC -dot- BLS -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 1997 10:31:00 EDT

John,

Actually, I am just a regular person who is kind of nosy. ;-)

I graduated from college 4 years ago and took the first
job that came my way - the same one I interned at
for 5 mos prior to graduation. Then, when I moved to
another city, I took the first perm job that came my
way. I was miserable and lasted 5 months before
I quit. It was then, after I decided job hopping wasn't
so bad that I could make the leap into consulting.
Turns out that at the end of my first contract, I was faced
with all sorts of issues: what next, why should I take
opp A as opposed to opp B, what about the money,
commute, dress code. And of course, there was
that big question - what if I don't find anything??
how much should I have saved up?

My survey is by no means scientific research. I just
wanted to gather some info from consulting/contracting
pros. Turns out a lot of people have responded back
wanting summaries. The majority of those folks
are considering consulting and want to know
what to expect. A few have actually
suggested that I summarize this information
into an article and publish it in Intercom!

Best,
--kate

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From: John Gough[SMTP:gough -at- AUSTIN -dot- ASC -dot- SLB -dot- COM]
>Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 1997 10:09 PM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: Why do you do contract work?
>
>You are asking fairly nosy questions. The questionnaire
>sounds like something a contract shop would put together.
>Who are you? Why are you performing this survey? If it
>is at the behest of your employer, who is your employer?
>
>It is simple courtesy to provide all of that information
>if you are asking people to give you data, especially in
>so much detail.
>
>If your purpose is commercial, then you should not post
>the questionnaire to this list, IMO. It might be appropriate
>to post notice of a questionnaire's existence and provide
>a web page/phone number/auto-emailer address for interested
>parties to contact. The posting should provide full disclosure
>of your identity and motivation.
>
>John
>
>
>>Date: Tue, 15 Apr 1997 16:59:00 EDT
>>From: Folse Kate <folsek -at- BSCC -dot- BLS -dot- COM>
>>Subject: Why do you do contract work?
>>
>>Hello all -
>>
>>I am trying to gather some information from you technical writers
>>who are employed as consultants either on your own or through
>>an agency. If you could complete the following survey and return
>>it to me at kfolse -at- mindspring -dot- com, I would greatly appreciate it.
>>I'll post a summary if anyone indicates they'd like to see it on this
>>list.
>>
>>Thank you!
>> --Kate Folse
>>kfolse -at- mindspring -dot- com
>>
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