I’m a freelance consultant. I like working this way and it offers flexibility all round. It’ll usually make economic sense if you employ me project by project, but I’ve happily run projects within other arrangements, both as a retained consultant and on call-off contracts.
When I’m writing I’d always prefer to work from my own desk, but I’ll spend as much time as necessary in your offices or with other staff, whether developing ideas or researching information. I’m experienced in running meetings and leading presentations. I have the knowledge, experience, and intellectual rigour to command the respect of senior executives.
If possible I like to be involved at the early stage of a brief’s development. I can help with that development, and it will give me an immediate insight into the constraints on the project. With my experience I can often start doing valuable work even when the brief is unclear, difficult or your ideas uncertain.
Equally if you know exactly what you want I can move quickly to digest any background information or research material and develop effective ideas.
I will happily work with people you already have in place, or if it helps I’ll commission support from designers, programmers and printers on your behalf, and manage them through the course of the project.
Once the brief is clear I’d expect to give you an accurate estimate of fees and costs. My fees are usually based on a day rate of around £500 (it’s actually an hourly rate of £70). That will cover all basic costs, though if travel to places other than your main office is required those costs will be chargeable. If I’m commissioning third party suppliers I’d recommend they bill you directly.
If as it develops the project looks like it will differ significantly from the estimate (plus or minus 10 per cent in terms of the time it is taking) I would want to discuss that deviation as soon as it becomes apparent and agree a variation in fee.
I would expect to bill most projects on completion, though if the project is set to run over many months we may need to agree interim billing.