Re: Rates

Subject: Re: Rates
From: Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 14:47:43 -0700 (PDT)

I understand that, but unfortunately the market is nothing like what it was 5 years ago. For myself, since I don't have a huge nest egg to sit on while I look for good work, I'd treat the 13 hr/week job as a survival wage that pays for the food and gas while I look for something better. For people who have 28 degrees and certificates it may be OK to insist on high standards. For everybody else right now it is very definitely a bottom feeder's market.

--- On Mon, 10/25/10, Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

From: Bill Swallow <techcommdood -at- gmail -dot- com>
Subject: Re: Rates
To: "Keith Hood" <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com>
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Monday, October 25, 2010, 5:21 PM

Sorry, but you don't go into business for yourself - voluntarily or
otherwise - to bend over backwards to make your prospective clients
happy. You strive to meet their needs within your constraints. If you
don't set standards for yourself, you'll never be taken seriously by
your clients.

On Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM, Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> I think the question about benefits and equivalence is not germane. The whole point for the company, in offering to hire him back on contract, is to get the same work at lower cost by removing the back-end costs like insurance premiums.  It would make no economic sense for them to hire him back at a rate that costs them as much as it would if he was salaried.
> I'd say agree to the 13 hours a week, because that allows you enough time to look for other contract jobs. Ask for a pay rate of $25 an hour and point out that since they're no longer paying for your health insurance and other overhead, they're still saving a lot of money even at the slightly higher pay rate.  If you ask for more than $25 an hour they'll probably just go find some kid right out of school and offer him $20.

Bill Swallow

Twitter: @techcommdood


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