Since starting my new gig I have written proposals for about a half million dollars in projects and assisted in the production of about a million and a half more. My proposals have become a sort of de facto standard for proposals in the company and are widely imitated.
As I think I’ve mentioned before the pretext under which my services were retained and the reason I was retained are two very different things. I think they have a genuine need for what I’m doing but if I were the owner I wouldn’t pay me what they’re paying me to do what I’m doing. It’s one of those paradoxes. As I’ve experienced with any number of customers I’m doing things they should be doing themselves if they had the background, experience, and inclination to do them.
At this point I can see three potential scenarios. Under one of the scenarios in six months they’ll be so happy with what I’ve been doing and I’ll be so indispensable that they’ll want to keep paying me. The next scenario is that in six months they decide I’ve done what they needed and that will be that.
Under the third scenario they’ll be so nervous about the money bleeding out to pay me that within a couple of more weeks they’ll call it quits.
I’ve already accomplished enough that I’d be satisfied with any of those outcomes. Not the least of those is demonstrating to myself that I’ve still got it. That’s very energizing not to mention gratifying.