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    Taking multiple contracts

    Signing more than 1 contract at a time - anyone done that ? Is it doable ? Anyone hears any stories ?

    I mean can you take 2 contracts and start hiring ?

    #2
    Originally posted by GitMaster69 View Post
    Signing more than 1 contract at a time - anyone done that ? Is it doable ? Anyone hears any stories ?

    I mean can you take 2 contracts and start hiring ?
    Two things..

    1. Read the contracts. That will tell you what you can and cannot do.
    2. Try searching the forums a little harder. This is asked repeatedly. General advice you'll get is don't do it unless you know what you're doing. I do it and it works very well (££££££). If you have to ask I'm not sure you know what's involved.
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      #3
      Originally posted by GitMaster69 View Post
      I mean can you take 2 contracts and start hiring?
      I agree with Lance - the main problem is that you'll either be double-booked (if both contracts want you available from 9-5) or that you'll burn out by working 16 hours a day.

      However, you said "start hiring": are you planning to subcontract, i.e. hire someone else to do one of the contracts? If so, that puts a different spin on it.

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        #4
        If you're going to take two and then sub one out, then you need to be 100% sure that the client will allow you a full and unfettered right of substitution.

        If you're going to attempt to do two contracts at the same time (I once did three, all were part time), then you need to be very clear as to each client's expectations (both practically and contractually). If you're charging a day rate, then clients expect a full day's work for a full day's pay. Trying to double bubble will lead to all sorts of problems. Or, you end up doing 16 hour days and burning out.
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          #5
          Thanks everyone for feedback, I’ll look at it closely now

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            #6
            Originally posted by ladymuck View Post
            If you're going to take two and then sub one out, then you need to be 100% sure that the client will allow you a full and unfettered right of substitution.

            If you're going to attempt to do two contracts at the same time (I once did three, all were part time), then you need to be very clear as to each client's expectations (both practically and contractually). If you're charging a day rate, then clients expect a full day's work for a full day's pay. Trying to double bubble will lead to all sorts of problems. Or, you end up doing 16 hour days and burning out.
            He's not subbing out. It's like all the other threads we've had on this. He's got a gig, he's been offered another one and because he's WFH and the client can't see what he is doing he thinks he can take another one and pull the wool over both clients eyes.

            He's gonna coast on both of them delivering less than he should/can in the hope he can double bill. Neither client will be told, neither will be happy about it but the sheer greed suddenly makes it look like a good idea to him.
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              #7
              Originally posted by northernladuk View Post

              He's not subbing out. It's like all the other threads we've had on this. He's got a gig, he's been offered another one and because he's WFH and the client can't see what he is doing he thinks he can take another one and pull the wool over both clients eyes.

              He's gonna coast on both of them delivering less than he should/can in the hope he can double bill. Neither client will be told, neither will be happy about it but the sheer greed suddenly makes it look like a good idea to him.
              This.....

              Stupid idea

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                #8
                Originally posted by JohnM View Post

                This.....

                Stupid idea
                now that is stupid to suggest that. At least NLUK had some valuable suggestions.

                I have been doing double/triple bubble for 2 years solid now. It's not for everyone. But £250k turnover builds a decent warchest. And seeing as I've been nowhere for 12 months it's worked out very well.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Lance View Post

                  now that is stupid to suggest that. At least NLUK had some valuable suggestions.

                  I have been doing double/triple bubble for 2 years solid now. It's not for everyone. But £250k turnover builds a decent warchest. And seeing as I've been nowhere for 12 months it's worked out very well.
                  It works really well with sensible clients and well written contracts. It works less well with your average BoS gig.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Lance View Post

                    now that is stupid to suggest that. At least NLUK had some valuable suggestions.

                    I have been doing double/triple bubble for 2 years solid now. It's not for everyone. But £250k turnover builds a decent warchest. And seeing as I've been nowhere for 12 months it's worked out very well.
                    I would hazard a guess you aren't giving 100% and a full 7.5 hours per day to each client which I am sorry but is wrong

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