Jobs and work

Duncan Barclay dmlb at
Fri Sep 13 17:17:11 BST 2002

On 13-Sep-2002 Anthony Naggs wrote:
> In message <XFMail.20020913092500.dmlb at>, Duncan
> Barclay <dmlb at> wrote
>>I've been offered some consulting work in Austria, it's about two or
>>three weeks work reviewing some IC designs. This is nice and timely
>>because I'm going to be made redundant from the perm. job I've had for
>>the last 5 years, where we do consulting but usually for much longer
>>projects. But, I'm a bit new to the freelance consulting game.
>>What I would like to know is what sort of contract would be sufficient
>>for this sort of short term, freelance work? The sort of contracts
>>I usually deal with take weeks of time for the lawyers to sort out
>>with associated costs!
>>The work has come directly from the people in Austria, and not via any
> I've previously done per project work for (then) local companies, just
> with a verbal agreement.  Contracting has normally been set up by a
> recruitment agency, with their standard conditions.
> If you don't want to mess around with lawyers then I suggest getting the
> basics laid out in writing and agreed.  A letter stating the task, the
> amount you will be paid (and at what point, i.e. per week/month, or on
> completion), who pays your accommodation & transport costs.
> (Accommodation & transport should be tax deductible if you are paying
> them, so shouldn't hurt much.)

That seems to be the consensus - a short and simple agreement. However,
expenses to Austria might be a bit painful! Is it reasonable to
ask for a payment up front to cover them?

> I've been looking for a permie job, but got some contracting work over
> the summer that has helped to tide me over.  The accounting paperwork
> for this was done by Zul Hirani, who I recommend as being on the ball
> for everything I've needed: Zul at


> Cheers,
> Tony


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