I take short-term contracts as a job, however, I only take on one contract at a time since it is full-time. I took a huge pay cut coming onto my newest job because I liked the company and negotiated that once they had the money to increase my salary we would renegotiate. I live in Washington DC so the salaries are high because the cost of living is high. I took half the pay coming on to this job, like barely scraping by pay.
Client: So I’ve been thinking about the renegotiation coming up in your contract.
Me: Okay, what are your thoughts?
Client: Well I was just thinking about how my first teaching job I was getting paid what you’re getting paid now and I went to work all day, worked for hours after school each day, and worked on weekends. If I don’t see the same dedication from you we are going to have to lower your pay.
Their first job was twenty years ago in the backwoods South Carolina. Good luck looking for someone to finish out the last two months of this contract…