My contract is going to be up in about 1 month. Since this is my first contracting gig, I don't know how to go about this. Some of my friends have said to ask my boss next wk to give them time to do the paperwork, etc. to extend my contract here since I'm not finished with my project yet.
On the flip side, since I'm not finished and therefore have nothing to show for my value to the company, I don't think I should ask or if I'm in any position to ask about a contact extension. I've been working pretty hard, even working OT (which I didn't charge to the company) to get this project done but it's still not done.
I think part of the reason I'm not finished yet is I was asked to help with other tasks that weren't directly associated with my project. I sent a weekly status report to my manager outlining what I did for the week but I didn't break down to the hour or minute for each task.
It might also be because they guessed the project would take 6 months for someone to complete when it should take 9 or 12 months, so their planning was off. They may have been calculating against someone who has worked at the company for 10 yrs, knows the product inside out, and is as smart as Thomas Edison, which would be an unreasonable estimate for a new person, even if the worker was Einstein.
It might also be I'm a little slower b/c some of the tech I used I'm not at an expert level so that slowed me down a little.
In any case, what is the right approach? Get some prototype working to show my progress before asking or listen to my friends and ask ASAP so there's no uncertainty? Or third, wait for them to come to me?
Thanks in advance for your help.