What to charge as a communications consultant
May 25, 2012 6:48 AM Subscribe
What to charge as a communications consultant working with scientists?...
posted by Verdant to work & money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
On behalf of Mrs. Verdant:
I want to make the move from a university professor in the humanities to a consultant who helps scientists communicate better in interpersonal, public, and interdisciplinary situations. So far I have been funded to do this work through the NSF. I have, however, been invited to name my price as a consultant for a VERY large initiative. The lead scientist tells me that my off hand quote of $10,000.00 is too little to: (1) Get familiar with the initiative and its communications problems (2) Meet with his committee to develop objectives for a 30-100 person meeting, (3) meet with the lead scientist to refine those objectives and develop an evaluation tool for the meeting (4) Help conduct the workshops at the meetings including bringing my expertise in helping scientists build collaborations (5) complete an evaluation of the meeting, develop a "lessons learned" document to be used for the next meeting in six months.
So - I know $10,000.00 is too little, but I don't know what is too much. Please help this lady who is used to a humanities salary name her price.
Secondarily, I am only allowed to make a certain percentage of my university income in consulting (about 15,000.00). I think this is stupid as I will be earning this money during a time when I am not on contract with the university (I have a ten month contract) -what can the university do to me if I ignore the rule? My hope is that this gig will help me to launch myself out of the university and into full-time consulting in the next two years. I am untenured, however, and tenure is my back-up plan