Hi all. I’ve got some questions regarding freelancin - the experienced people on Core may help to answer.
I was recently contacted regarding a freelance project for a small company. The guy who runs the company found my Corefolio and wanted to see if I’d be interested, so I met up with him, signed an NDA and he gave me a small freelance exercise to prove my ability.
He said that the exercise work would be paid, so through emails he let me know that he would match my existing hourly rate (I’m currently employed as a contractor) and if the work was good then he would talk about giving additional work and increasing the rates.
Anyway, I replied saying this is all fine, and I look forward to providing him with some quality work. I made a quick point at the end of an email saying that it is common practice in freelancing for payment to be made before disclosure of any design work and hand over of IP. Essentially I didn’t want to get ripped off by working without getting paid.
He has since replied saying that his company have invested heavily in the IP of their products and he doesn’t want to put it at risk, so could I please NOT proceed any further and destroy any files he’s sent me regarding the project.
Either there’s a big misunderstanding here and he thinks I’m going to publicize the IP on his products, OR having asked him to pay me before I show him my work, he’s trying to scam me and get me to work for free.
Very confused by the whole thing, so if anyone has any experience of dealing with clients who are paranoid about IP, or have tried to get work done for nothing, please let me know.