App startup founder wants my help to solve urgent software engineering problem that affects a considerable percentage of users - Says will give a token sum.
It is a problem that the founder's in-house technical team is unable to resolve.
Sounds a bit like stingy cheapskate lowballing and unwillingness to give due reward for solving an urgent problem that could otherwise cause some losses if left unsolved.
- What is a good response to ensure a proper reward, either monetary or long term goodwill that will actually materialize? Those are the two factors. Also in a polite way without burning any future bridge.
- What is a good way to negotiate for more if you have a good solution that works for the long term?
- I am not an employee of the startup
- Prefer my response to be less rude
- Any relationship? Yes and barely
- When you mention "burning bridges" - do you have an existing professional relationship with this company or person, that would be at stake? It's not clear whether there's actually anything to lose by just bluntly asking for your regular rate. – Bilkokuya
- The way that the founder already mentions token sum, means the founder is either unable or unwilling to pay the regular rate or the reduced rate and so mentions token sum. Asking for the regular rate would make the person view this interaction negatively and would almost be like a rejection
- Also, how important is your relationship with this company to you? – Seth R
- Importance - unknown, could be useful and important in the future since the founder is a smart and capable person outside of technology
- Does someone who is a stingy cheapskate who is lowballing and unwilling to give due reward for solving an urgent problem deserve better? – Joe Strazzere
- Depends on whether there is a way to build a long term beneficial relationship, which could be worth more than the short term monetary value paid at the regular rate
- Is the "token sum" an amount you are willing to work for? If not, why are you even considering this? – Seth R
- Numeric value of token sum has not been mentioned yet, but it is probably low. - considering this to negotiate a proper amount or to negotiate something else that would be even more beneficial and of greater value in the long term.
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