Subcontractor Blues

Some lessons I’ve learned from working with prime contractors.

  1. Never sign a ‘final’ copy of a contract without comparing it with the ‘draft’ copy that you’d agreed with the prime,
  2. Stick exactly to the scope of your contract,
  3. Don’t make any comments, positive or negative regarding anything outside the scope of your contract,
  4. If you’re selling software as well as services, get payment for the software before you do any work on a project,
  5. Never go outside the scope of your contract even if the prime has made the whole project fail,
  6. If you hire anyone onto your team, make sure you get them to sign a non-compete clause to prevent them trying to go around you.

Reading this list, it all sounds pretty negative. If I’d had anything positive to say about working with a prime contractor, it’d be here!

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