25 February 2009

Humble pie on the menu?*

*I am trying very hard not to laugh this morning

Oh dear, oh dear...

The UK director of the client I ditched yesterday is all of a panic. The reason being that the client is in a very heavily regulated sector, particularly in the UK. Without a copy-editor who understands this industry and the regulations surrounding it (ie, me), the client risks inadvertently breaching the regulations and possibly losing its licence to carry out its business here.

We had a long chat on the phone this morning and I suspect the client is going to ask me to return. If so, I'm going to set out my terms very clearly and also insist on a contract in place of the very informal arrangement that previously existed, whereby I would do the work, keep a timesheet and bill on a monthly basis. If they want me back now, they will have to crawl over broken glass and do some serious grovelling. The client has always been very fortunate to have access to my services as I specialise in this particular industry (financial) and there are very few freelances working in this area.

I hold all the cards now. I must be careful not to corrupt myself with the power. MWAHAHAHAHA!

3 comments:

Mrs Woffington said...

Hope you're charging them plenty; I have a freelance friend in television who always ups the rates if she has to deal with clients like this, to make it worth the stress.

wordsmith_for_hire said...

Well, right now it's a case of sitting tight here and waiting but I'm quietly confident I'll have my old work back by early next week. I don't expect to hear before then because of the politicking going on. I'm in hurry and I don't exactly need the work, welcome as a regular income always is...

Anne Brooke said...

Mwa-ha-ha indeed!!

Hugs!

Axxx