March 29, 2007 6:32 PM Subscribe
I'm negotiating on a job offer tomorrow. Has anyone ever negotiated doing freelance work on the side?
posted by sfkiddo to Work & Money (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm meeting with my future boss tomorrow and would need some tips in negotiating working freelance while holding a full-time position. I have the offer paperwork in hand: the language on IP is actually fairly narrow (only applies to work done at Company X's direction, on their equipment, etc.) as opposed to some of the laughably broad agreements I've seen ("any thought you have in your head while in our employ belongs to us"). But do I need to have a specific contract saying I'm allowed to freelance?
One of my references already broached the idea of me freelancing to the hiring manager (she is one of my clients). My argument is that I can broaden my skills on someone else's dime that will probably come in handy to Company X in the future. (I also feel that Company X has no business telling me how I can spend my own time, but of course wouldn't verbalize this aggressive view.)
As far as the general negotiations go, I'm torn between trying to get more salary or going for softer perks like being able to attend all conferences in my field, getting a signon bonus, etc. I was good and never said a number during the initial stages; they gave me a range to see if we were in the same ballpark: we were, but their range was surprisingly narrow (5K). A friend suggested to ask about where in the grade level does their offered salary fall; any other ways to ask for more money that don't just sound greedy?
Any and all advice is much appreciated.