I developed a website for my day job employer while employed. I am ready to quit them and go totally freelance. I’m anticipating that they will want me to maintain the site after leaving.
My question: how to propose an agreement. I’m doing these web services professionally now. Do I propose it at my hourly wages when I worked with them, or do I propose it as a new provider at freelance wages? FYI: the difference is considerable. Not sure how to approach this.
For my part, I could take it the gig or leave it. I wasn’t super happy at the job, that’s why I’m leaving. Also, I anticipate that they will be a high maintenance, pain-in-the-rear client. Please advise.
First of all, congratulations on going freelance. You’ll love it.
Now, if you really don’t think you will like working freelance for these people, I suggest you skip it entirely. No one needs high maintenance, difficult clients!
If you decide to make a proposal anyway, I suggest you make it at the rate you know you need to get. Sure, they are likely to think you’re way too high. If you get a chance to point out they will be saving money on insurance, retirement and other benefits, they may become a bit more reasonable.
And if you had said you were really hoping to get the gig on a freelance basis I might suggest some sort of a compromise between your hourly wage as an employee and what you plan to get on a freelance basis. But it’s never a good idea to sell yourself short.
Proposals like this can be written or they can be done in person. If you do it in person and for some reason it’s accepted, be sure to reduce your understanding to writing – an email is okay.
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