Working after quitting, when should you ask to get paid?
October 4, 2012 9:06 AM Subscribe
Quitting my job and I know they will be calling me after I'm gone. Nobody is left here to do the work and they have products to ship. Where do you draw the line on friendly help vs paid subcontracting?
posted by JoeZydeco to work & money (39 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So long story short I'm a software engineer in a small startup. There used to be two of us, but one was let go and I've been the only coder in the room for the last year and a half.
I've stepped up and managed to do my job as well as the other guy's. That went a long way to keep the company going and keeping customers happy. So much so that a plan to replace the first guy never went anywhere.
Well now I'm leaving for greener pastures, leaving nobody to write and finish the projects currently running. I'm preparing as much information as I can to show where things are and how to build them. But I'm 99% sure I will get phone calls after I'm gone, asking where X is or how to make Y work.
It's the professional thing to help. But there's a point where my time is worth money and if it comes down to "hey can you just fix up XYZ for us that would help a lot", what's the professional way to draw the line? I don't want to just say "the $50/hr clock starts ticking as of...NOW" when I pick up the phone. Has anyone else been in this situation? Thanks.