Re: Contractors: Would you do this?

Subject: Re: Contractors: Would you do this?
From: "Sharon Burton-Hardin" <sharonburton -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "Andrew Plato" <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 1999 15:54:51 -0800

Do not start me on checking reference. I am in hell right now with a senior
writer whose references pretty much checked out. Suffice to say I have a
VERY unhappy client and as a result am VERY unhappy myself. Exhausted,
skinny, and angry.

Totally blown deadline and the client can't ship without the docs. Shipping
means the client gets 1 million from their client. So we are holding up
product delivery and a million dollar check. Yup, you read that right. It is
the stuff that dreams are made of.


Sharon Burton-Hardin
President of the Inland Empire chapter of the STC
Anthrobytes Consulting
Check out!

----- Original Message -----
From: Andrew Plato <intrepid_es -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Sent: Friday, 19 November, 1999 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: Contractors: Would you do this?

| > I'm wondering what the contractors and consultants, on this
| > list, think about this:
| >
| > I was asked to write a document entitled, "The Methodology
| > for Creating On-line Help" for a perspective client>
| > I was also asked to provide references.
| <<snip>>
| > This is the first time in 2 years (as a consultant) that
| > I've been asked for something like "a methodology". What
| > are your thoughts on this?
| I would not do the methodology for free. I would charge them for it.
| you should write up a simple estimate that says you will do this
| and the help for a certain price. Otherwise, you are working for free.
| Related Thoughts...
| Methodologies: They are a bore, rarely implemented, and seldom reflect
| Asking to write them: I love it. It is easy money.
| Asking to work for free: No way.
| References: It is good they asked for references. More places should. One
| the prime reasons places get ripped off is because they don't check the
| out. This also allows incompetent people to continue working and undeservi
| rates, when they should be unemployed or taking a pay cut for their
| incompetence.
| The Size of Topeka Kansas: I am okay with it for now.
| Andrew Plato
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