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How to handle a tight deadline

should I ask for a bonus?

     
5:38 pm on Oct 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I'm contracting for a large company and we've been working on a project for 4 months. My work has been well-praised and everything is great. However, a client has requested some major revisions. These revisions would take me about 3-4 weeks at 40/hr week. They need them in 2 weeks.

Because I will be spending every waking moment for the next 2 weeks trying to meet this deadline, should I ask for a bonus? A friend of mine at HP says all the contractors they work with ask for bonuses when they have to meet a tight deadline.

Any thoughts? How would I present this request?

5:03 am on Oct 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Depends on what the market can bear, what the opportunity cost is to you, what their expectations are, etc.

A fair analogy may be "overtime": "Whilst I'm grateful for the work you asking that I give up my life altogether for the next 2 weeks, and frankly that's asking a bit much."

Are you prepared to lose a client? If you are then you're in a much better position to negotiate.

1:13 pm on Oct 6, 2005 (gmt 0)

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You can even outsource few project, if you often face tight deadline to complete a project.
 

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