Contracting Nightmares

It is a common mistake to think that hiring contractors is a silver bullet.

No obligations, get experts and focus on core skills.

That’s why the service level in Cable companies is so great 🙂

I have found that in 50% of the cases , hiring contractors in IT,Sales,Marketing , QA or development results in a complete failure.

Looking at the some of the characters who work as free-lancers, it is not surprising.

1. The not-so-competent

“It is not my fault I changed thirteen companies in ten years. I just made some bad career moves”.

“I like working on many projects at the same time. Just installed Exchange 5.5 for the local donut shop last quarter”

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2. The lazy genius

“Making $200 per hour seems much nicer than coming to work every day”

“I got this stupid Japanese company to pay me $666  per hour. I can’t really commit to any deadline for you. At least not until they go bankrupt.”

3. The former executive

“In this stage of my life I want to work half a day per week for $2000. You should be thanking me every day”.

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4. The in-the-wrong-profession-guy

“I really want  to promote my band ,but got to make a living till than. Let me recompile the kernel for you.”

“I’m have founded five social network start-ups so far, but in the meantime I can help you guys with some JavaScript. Yes, I’m 19 years old.”

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5. The Californian-work-life-balance-dude

“I don’t like to work. I like to enjoy life. Please send money to increase my bank balance”.

6. The open-source-Linux-purist

“I will not work with these evil DLL’s. Only tar.gz+RPM would stop world hunger and buffer overflows”

7. The incompetent-misunderstood-self-proclaimed-genius

“I have developed this amazing web site for selling dog food. It has no traffic yet, but I’m starting SEO soon.

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8. The ethically challenged

“I like free-lancing on top of my day job. What they don’t know can’t hurt them”

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On the next post : “When contracting works well”.


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2 Responses to “Contracting Nightmares”

  1. ophirk Says:

    For a cute comics on problems of working from home see

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