Sorry, this is something I can't discuss under my usual nick for obvious reasons...
NAV Gold Partner in a European country with a generally good economic growth and business culture offering to pay me 60% of what they charge for a day, on a daily basis - that would easily double my salary (I'm working as a NAV consultant as an employee now), plus they don't require me to live there, rather 1-2 weeks there (accomodation provided), 2-3 weeks at home. Sounds really incredible. All this through a UK-based recruiting agency. They even provide an umbrella firm that does the billing for me so I don't have to start my own company. Sounds too good to be true. Note: I speak the local language fairly fluently but not perfectly: for end-user training OK, for discussing strategic stuff etc. maybe not. Plus, there is a strong local accent/dialect I would find hard to understand.
How do such things work? Is there be anything to be aware, can there be any trap? I mean if someone offers you twice your salary plus the opportunity to work from your own living room half of the time there must be a catch to it, what do you think? Please give some advice. Note: I don't have a mortgage nor a family to support so if the money turns out to be less, that's not a problem. What would be a problem if the whole experience would turn out to be nasty, uncomfortable, a bad experience etc. etc.
So what could go wrong? Stuff I can think of:
a) Perhaps it is not guaranteed they can sell me 22 days a month. No problem. I can make a living of 10 day a month and then had a nice stress-free year.
b) The opposite: they can afford to pay so much money only because it is really really hard work, overtime, weekends. No problem - if it is paid. Do you think I could charge on an hourly basis and with extra for overtime and weekends?
c) If I charge on a daily basis will I be expected to work absolutely lightning fast and 200% focused like never log on to mibuso during the day? Or will it probably be accepted that I will simply record these minutes as unchargable and that's OK?
d) Anything else? Any contractual trap possible? Can they not pay me if the customer doesn't pay or can they force me to work fixed-price and thus many days unchargeable if they too have a fixed-price project? Or really what to be aware of, what could be a trap?
e) I'm like most NAV consultants a good developer but just-coding bores me. I like to do at least 50% consulting, preferably more. With less than native local language skills plus an opportunity to work from home, do you think I will be forced into a just-coding position, doing boring stuff like developing interfaces all day and none of the exciting consulting like analyzing a business problem and finding out how to resolve it with minimum amount of customization?
f) Am I supposed to get a good laptop for myself and use my laptop for work as a freelancer at a NAV partner? I only have a desktop PC at the moment.
g) Anything else?