A real challenge is coming up for me in a few days' I'm hoping someone can help in this discussion thread or privately. An organization I'm involved with has asked me to (possibly, TBD in the next few days) step into a Communications Manager position temporarily. I need some steady money this month and next and am interested in boosting my "office professional" experience on my resume, so interim would be perfect. The two things that make this an "it depends" instead of a "YES YES YES!" are hours and compensation. They asked for a minimum of 20 hours, then said 30 would be better. We haven't talked about an hourly. I'd prefer to do 20. My hourly rate isn't that high, but I bet it's higher than they're budgeting even on an interim basis. (And I know that for salaried jobs, people don't generally make their regular hourly rate.) When we've talked hours, I've always said, "we also have to talk about compensation," and we still have not. Tomorrow they're looping back on a number of things and if they haven't hired someone, they'll ask me to fill the spot. I have several other freelance commitments that I've already told them about, so I'll have to find time for those things.
So, dear FGB community, here are my questions:
1) How much should I compromise my consultant/freelance hourly for this job?
2) Does setting a lower number of hours mean I can charge a higher rate? And the inverse, does setting a higher number of hours mean my rate has to come down?
3) How do I make sure I don't get taken advantage of/make sure I'm paid for my time appropriately?
4) Any other advice about "interim" jobs would be helpful. :)
Thank you and happy Monday!