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Subject: RE: FLASH: Dilemma
From: patrickf
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 16:00:07 +0100

Say, very politely, "I'm sorry you feel that way, but my terms are very reasonable. Have a
nice day", and walk. A friend of mine just got screwed by GE Capital (you might have heard
of them) on a very similar project. All through development it was "Looks great! Fantastic
job!".... the day of the presentation it was "It went great! No hitches! Everybody loved it!"...
when it came time to collect it was "The presentation was flawed, nothing worked, we were
very disappointed, we don't pay for sub-standard deliverables".
Soooo......... My contract stipulates 50% of estimate upon contract signing, 25% of estimate
upon design sign-off, and 25% plus any overruns (documented and signed-off changes
approved by client) and expenses upon delivery. I've had one or two balks, and learned
later that the people they DID hire got screwed. So I'm very comfortable with my terms.

Patrick


> ** Original Subject: RE: FLASH: Dilemma
> ** Original Sender: "Brian" <mattoneatbhip [dot] infi [dot] net>
> ** Original Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2000 09:10:54 -0500 (EST)

> ** Original Message follows...

>
> I have a bit of a dilemma that I would like to get some advice about.
>
> I have the chance to produce a presentation in Flash for a client who's
> looking to get it done by April 24th. Basically it doesn't sound like a
> particularly over-the-top hard job per se, but I'm still a bit of a newbie
> when it comes to Flash - in particular the programming aspects of it. But I
> figured if nothing else I have a friend who knows Flash real well and this
> list to act as resources should I run into trouble.
>
> The main problem, however, is that I asked for what I considered a typical
> freelancing payment deal - a third down up front, another third at some
> milesone point, and the rest upon completion of the project. This was
> rejected by the client, and from the best information I have it seems like
> as if I wouldn't see a dime for my efforts until the project was completed.
> This is a company who has a service that ranks third in the world (it
> involves software that bundles e-mail, voice-mail and faxes into one
> integrated accessible area, namely Microsoft Outlook), and I've visited
> their offices, so they're for real as far as I can tell, and they have their
> own system set in place to ensure fairness to both sides of a deal such as
> the one I'm debating entering into.
>
> But I have a wife and three kids (and a cat) and I've been laid off since
> December and freelancing is a hard business and quite frankly, I don't think
> I need to settle for not getting something up front so I can feed these
> people and pay some bills.
>
> What opinion does anyone have here?
>
> -Brian Matthews
> http://www.angelfire.com/fl/sapringer
>
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