[thelist] Freelanceer to merge with larger company - ideas please

Ken Moore psm2713 at hotmail.com
Fri Oct 13 12:28:33 CDT 2006

Hi, all.

Chris Dempsey wrote:
>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.

>My major concern is that I take paid employment and they drop me after a 
>months and I loose my client base.  What can I look for to give myself some
>protection against this?

If you do not trust them, do go in with them. If you do, "Trust, but 
verify." Do not, under any conditions, join them without an absolute 

This one sounds good and should be acceptable if they work in good faith:
>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


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