|description:||Guidelines for consulting services|
From time to time I’m asked to consult on various projects, and I tend to find myself in very similar conversations at the start of such a relationship. Hopefully, the guidelines on this page will help me and potential clients save some time.
Firstly, there are some things I’m not interested in:
- Evaluating projects for investors or investment groups.
- Broad discussions with steering committees or design groups.
I’m primarily interested in solving clearly detailed, specific technical problems. If you’re still at the discussion stage on a project or you’re an early stage startup with non-technical founders, then I’m likely not the guy you’re looking for!
That said, here are the guidelines:
- I can not sign contracts that are expected to require more than 21 consecutive workdays to complete.
- I will not sign contracts that attempt to impose restrictions on who I may work with or the topics that I can work on.
- I will not sign contracts unless they are applied according to an EU member state’s laws, with disputes resolved in an EU member state’s court.
- The first 15 minutes are free, all additional time will be chargeable and invoiced. 
- I will not sign any NDA, unless they are time limited. 
Some of these rules can be side-stepped, if you can meet one of the following criteria:
- You’re a non-profit organisation
- Your for-profit company has an existing partnership with my current employer
|||I may be willing to offer extra free services for non-profit organisations|
|||Any NDA with a limit in excess of three years is likely to be a insurmountable barrier.|