"yadda yadda yadda... off list." That's cool, but be sure to share any nuggets of relevant wisdom with the rest of us! From: "Rob Smith" rob.smith at lexjet.com Sell off the client base for big bucks and ask for royalties from here on out giving you a nice passive income and then you do whatever you want. Start over, try something new, go play golf 7 days a week... email me at robbiesmith79 at gmail dot com. I have some other comments and questions off list. -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org On Behalf Of Chris Dempsey Hi, I've been working essentially freelance for the past 5 years and have built up a reasonable client base. I've been approached by a larger company who are considering asking me to join them - an option that is very attractive to me. Obviously this situation is a little different to than if I worked as a web developer and simply wanted to change employer as I will be bringing a client base that spends a fair bit of money each year into their company. I'm due to sit down with them again in a few hours to discuss options for the merger and I could use some suggestions for what options I should be focusing on. My major concern is that I take paid employment and they drop me after a few months and I loose my client base. What can I look for to give myself some protection against this? I guess I'm really looking for some ideas about what it would be reasonable for me to ask for eg: - Fixed salary plus percentage cut of the money my clients spend [this was their initial suggestion] - Them to buy my client base at a fixed price and I take a salary from them - I take a salary only but have option to retain my client base should I ever leave or be asked to leave - Any value to asking to be brought in as a director? [I'm not too clued up on whether this would offer any value or security to myself] All comments welcome. Thanks, Chris.