I have started as a freelancer a couple of months ago (as from July) in the data management area. I thought that I found my luck when my ex-employer (a consultancy company) proposed a contract to keep working for them for a few projects whilst I get started, these projects were short-term (less than 50 days each).
Now we're a few months later and:
- One of the projects has been postponed twice, for a length now which makes it impossible for me to bridge the two projects whilst being exclusive to this company
- The other project only requiring a couple of days per month max, while before this was thought to be a continuous project.
This has left me in a situation which I can't maintain for my financial stability.
So I wanted to talk to the manager at my (former company turned) client, but he doesn't respond to my attempts to contact him.
I'm not thinking about breaking up the contract (yet), but rather, seeing as it's a couple of days work a month in the short term, looking for a full-time contract, whilst taking days off when needed to work for the second client.
But how can I best approach my former boss here? I want (and need) his written approval before taking on other work, as I'm afraid they could undertake legal action against me.