I was just contacted by a random recruiter via LinkedIn asking if I'm interested in a side project. The recruiter said she was "impressed with my experience" and that she represents a company that's looking for a "rock star dev" to help them "spruce up" a mobile app. They're advertising it as an "after hours, remote side project with one of our clients in the area". This has never happened before. I get approached by recruiters all the time for jobs, but never for a side job before.
Although this is something I'm interested in learning (mobile development), I'm absolutely not a "rock star dev", merely competent. I don't have anything in the App/Play stores (although I'd like to).
My questions are: is this sort of approach normal? In my experience, it's not, which is why it feels sort of sketchy to me, but maybe I'm just being overly cautious.
How do contracts like this work? Hourly, by the project?
Eventually, I'd like to have a number of apps in the various stores as side or retirement income, and this might be a good stepping stone in that direction
I'm hesitant to respond to the contact, but also curious to know how this works and if I'd actually be able to help with the project. Obviously I'd be very up front with my perception of my non-rock-star status, but I also think that's just recruiter-speak.