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.”
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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”.