I wanted to offer some advice about negotiating pay for projects. First, let me say, this was brought about by a situation I accidentally stumbled in. A recruiter reached out to me about a position, and I inquired about the hourly rate. In the recruiter's follow-up email, I was asked about my rate requirements. I aimed high but reasonable. Also, the rate I asked for is not far off from what I am making now. He then told me the actual rate so I asked for the job description to see if the actual rate was reasonable and it was. By the way, the actual rate was not far off from where I am now. It's a little less, but not enough to get bent out of shape about. My exchange ended with the recruiter saying he was going to send a RTR. He did, but he mixed me up with another candidate. He sent me the other person's RTR so I saw the rate for her submission. The other lady left over $41,000 per year on the table. That is a lot.
Here's my advice. Do not short-change yourself. Be direct in your negotiations and questions.
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Word to the Wise- if you are freelancing or a contractor, get a RETAINER= money UPFRONT.
I was just BURNED out of a full month of full-time work, by an unscrupulous CEO who paid his own travel costs ahead of contractors, and the company is now out of cash and going into receivership- bankruptcy. A full MONTHS' pay for me, that I WORKED, will NOT be paid.
As a contractor, there is no EDD, no Labor Board and no attorney to help. I am a 'general creditor' along with every other vendor in their accounts payable, and will be lucky to get 10 cents on the dollar in 6 months.
Get a RETAINER, people! It's a month's pay for your contractor work, BEFORE you begin, and is held by you until the final month of work is done. You still send bills to the company and client each month, or every 2 weeks, but that retainer money is in YOUR bank account in case the client company pulls a fast one on you.
Don't let what happened to me, happen to you!
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Can my employer make me pay for fees related to the licenses required to do the job?
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How many of you network in your down time?
I'm on LinkedIn everyday, including Saturday and Sunday.
Friday afternoon as I was being driven out of town for the weekend, I was on LinkedIn looking for jobs and sent a connection request to a lady that's hiring for a position that I'm interested in and qualified for.
She accepted it within minutes.
Thinking outside the box for the win.
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