I’ve been referred to a medical practice to convert a bunch (3000 or so) of macros into an automated process, using Microsoft Access. I’ve done a slew of freelance work, but generally through a company that acts as my “agent” - they get the gigs, I do the work, they pay my rate.
This time it’s completely independent of them, although the project was referred to me by through them. At any rate, now I’m writing a proposal for the project. I’ve included the cost for software licenses, etc and all is well and good except:
I don’t know if it’s an
practice to ask for an upfront percentage, for doing things like purchasing the licenses, as well as a partial security on the work that I’ll be doing? I’ve never had to worry that a client would “short” me before, because the agent-company would always pay me no matter what. If it is an accepted practice, what kind of percentage should I ask for?
Any ideas/insight would be greatly appreciated.