I am scheduled to start a new job on Monday (today is Wednesday), but as the date draws nearer I have realised I just can't.
I have been working for myself for the past year, and was recently offered a new job with a very attractive salary. The company gave me a very generous two months to clear up my current projects and ready myself to start.
I honestly tried my best to do so, but now, with four days to go, I still have too much to do to start on Monday. Even working non stop from now until last thing on Sunday night there is no way I can.
I really need another couple of months at least.
This company is a big one, and so they really don't need me. I am fairly active on StackExchange/Github etc and so that want me to work for them having spotted me online, but they really don't need me.
My clients are much smaller and need me more. I am not irreplacable, I don't think for a second that I am, but they would certainly find replacing me painful (one month to find somebody, another month to train them up) and they each have a limited runway.
Whats the best plan to tell this company that starting on Monday just isn't an option.
I fully understand that starting in 3 or so months just wouldn't be an option for them.
My goal here is to step on as few toes as possible.
My current plan is to go by in person tomorrow and ask to speak to the person listed on my offer letter as my new boss, and explain the situation in person.
Is this a good plan? Is this something larger companies deal with often? What would you want somebody in my situation to do, if you were the employer?