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So the folks I consulted with, earlier this month, asked me for an invoice (d'oh!) and said they were talking to their attorney about a consulting agreement, today.

So... does that sound to anyone else like they're planning on having me back / putting my butt in their forthcoming SF office? It seems to me like closing the barn door after the cow's out, if it's to agree on what I'm helping them with for the you know. One day I already helped 'em. Anyone with experience as a consultant, I'd really appreciate your opinions on this, please.

Uhm. Whee? :D
  • It might not be an implicit request for you to return. It might just be dotting the i's and crossing the t's. Presumably they 1099'd you? They'll probably want some kind of contractual butt-covering regarding that, even if it is after the fact.

    That's not to say it isn't an implicit return request. It just doesn't have to be.
    • At the rate we agreed on, the $ involved for a half-day's work was below the lower limit to require a 1099, so there's not one there at this juncture. I did go down there w/o a consultancy agreement, though, so I do think it COULD be gluteal coverage rather than an implicit request for more of my time. Heck, considering that my NDA is still a handshake...

      I'm just debating if the situation's most-likely A: probably future work with them, B: covering of backside, C: something else: as this is the first I've ever consulted, I'm sort of in virgin territory here.
      We shall wait and see, then.
      • I would say: B, which then allows more likely A. As in 'okay, we need to cover our asses and hey, good to have this guy around for when/if we need him again, eh?'

        Also: mmm, gluteal coverage.
        • and on the A-not-B side of the scales: if it's B, wouldn't they include giving me a real NDA in the mix? Because they're FAR more hosed if I decided to dishonor my word and just blather about their product than they could possibly be by anything I did without a consultant's agreement in hand.
          • I have no idea how the corporate things work - if it is likely to be a more permanent consulting gig, does the lack of an NDA NOW mean they are going to roll one into your contract thing later when you get teh Real Consulting Job?
            • My take: the lack of an NDA and of mention of me signing one means that they trust I won't blow my mouth off about things. But if they are willing to trust that, surely there's no need for a cover-your-ass contract, as anything I might do outside of the NDA is a far lower risk of damage to the company's capital and assets than not covering their ass with a written NDA.
              • And the trust itself is a Good Sign.

                But I would chat to your friend.

                Also, yay, home soon to receive delivery of bed yay.
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