For the second time in 12 months I find myself refusing to do any more work for a client until they settle outstanding invoices. What an Arse!
I went into software development and consulting because I like helping people and I like fixing things and I like coding. Not because I like or am good at, admin, chasing invoices, writing terms and conditions, etc etc.
One thing that really riles me about this is those organisations that expect an instant resolution to their unusual, one in a million problem from me, but yet need 45 days to process an invoice, which they must do thousands of times a day.
So there is a new Codematic rule now (website to be updated) our resolution time will be similar to the clients accounts payable cycle. (except pay in advance stuff!)
In fact I’m pretty fed up a fixed price work altogether, it seems to contain a lot of the things I dislike and a lot of free work with all the scope creep, client personnel changes etc. Is anyone successfully working on a day rate?
I’m feeling the attraction of the dark side (permie) more and more. Although if I did get a proper job I think I would aim for something outside IT. (one of my kids suggested I retrain as an astronaut for example)
How are you finding the current market?
Plenty of work? payment hassles? rate pressure?
The contract market seems to have really picked up in the last month or so, maybe I should look at that.