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I would like to enter into a "contingency contract" with several of our local businesses (primarily banks) to be able to jump in and help with anything that needs to be done. It may seem futile to many on this forum but what the heck, I'm 'bout done with my preps. Does anyone have a generic consulting contract that is short and sweet? I'm thinking of a monthly retainer until they "need" help, then the rate is hourly. Niche is big iron production systems.


Remember, don't waste your time trying to convince a GI to be a GI. I am locked, stocked and barreled to the max!


-- br14 (, July 19, 1999


Never heard of a "short and sweet" contract. My shortest was 8 pages. Never heard of a "retainer" style contract either.

Good luck to you.

-- Dennis (, July 19, 1999.

I could probably whip you up a short and sweet contract, but I doubt it would do you any good. I don't know where you live, but where I live we're all out of work due to freezes set after Y2k fixes were completed. I live in the DFW area of Texas, BTW. The only call we've gotten (TWO big iron programmers in this household) was one regarding a contract in North Carolina. My roommate will take it if it's offered. I know at least 10 other contractors that would jump on ANYTHING without a monthly retainer.

Banking software is kindof a specific animal as I understand it. If you have experience in that specialty, you might have a chance.

I did a search on the Computer Job Store over the weekend for Y2k jobs in Texas. 38 jobs in the entire state! None were listed as HOT, where last year they were ALL listed as hot. There weren't any large systems jobs either...mostly helpdesk variety.

Let me know if you'd like me to whip up the contract. There's a good example in a book called "Computer Money" that I have here right on the shelf. It includes the nondisclosure clauses, is designed for independents, and necessarily doesn't go into the noncompete clauses.

-- Anita (, July 19, 1999.

Anita: Lots of layoffs in Chicago also. Contractors and employees. Most jobs are permanent, for help desk, DBA, or DB2. Not much else. Myself and lots of friends are off.

-- curtis schalek (, July 19, 1999.

All, Thanks for the input. I'm still going to at least talk with some of the IT hiring folks with the idea of "nothing to lose to have a team of standbys". Heck, "here's a hanging folder with my resume in it. Call me if you need anything".

Thanks, br14

-- br14 (, July 19, 1999.

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