I recently started a contract position with a business, hoping that it would be long-term. I was pleased that this Client seemed to have a decent reputation, based on my research.
However, I noticed several Red Flags that were alarming.
For example, I overheard the Client talking to his Marketing Manager about various efforts they were making to gain substantially more business.
The Marketing Manager had been doing everything possible to try to make that happen.
Client: So, you’re telling me this strategy might work?
Marketing Manager: Yes, that’s what I suggest, so that you can gain more online interest from leads.
Client: Well, I need more than interest. I need more a revenue stream. (Red Flag #1)
Marketing Manager: This could be a good possibility.
Later, I overheard the Client talking to his colleague:
Client: We took out a loan to keep the business afloat, so we just need to make sure we pay it back. (Red Flag #2)
In a chaotic conversation with the Client and co-workers, I kept hearing various stories about their plans. This statement particularly stood out to me:
Client: Don’t worry, our company will always be around. We’ll just need to re-organize some departments. We’ll never go out of business. We’ll figure it out. We need to drum up more work, though. (Red Flag #3).
This doesn’t sound so reassuring.