Thursday, June 03, 2004

A fistful of dollars

I've just got off the phone with my major client who I'm about to depart from. They have a new project for me integrating their custom software with a Great Plains system. On his description it sounds like an easy job, exporting some data to some XML files and querying the Great Plains SQL server to retrieve data for their custom software.

I was instantly interested because it sounds like an ideal project to be able to do 2-3 days a week and have wrapped up in maybe 1-3 weeks. That would leave me time to get things moving on Sydney and keep some money coming in.

Then he told me that he's setting aside 6 weeks to do this. That's 6 full time weeks since I haven't yet told him that I'm planning to only make myself available part time to them.

I had a feeling something like this might happen. If he's right and there's 6 weeks of work there it's a very tempting offer. The money would give me an extra few months safety net and there would be the chance to get some exposure to Great Plains. On the other hand if I don't get started on Sydney soon I might find myself doing this sort of integration work for the next 12 months which I definitely don't want.

I'm meeting with him on Tuesday morning to flesh out the requirements a bit more. Hopefully by the end of that meeting I'll have a better idea of whether it's a 6 day or 6 week project. If it's a 6 day project great, I can do it part time and get things moving with Sydney. If it's a 6 week project, I'll have a hard decision to make.

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