When Should I Get Paid for Assisting a Former Employer?
[Editor's Note: Wtih so many people losing their jobs these days, the possibility of your former employer needing some of your expertise rises. How do you draw the line between answering a few questions out of courtesy versus being asked to consult for free? This post will help you sort out when it's time to charge.-Paula G
Shortly before I retired a few months ago, the company I worked for declined my offer to come back and work for them on contract, as needed. Now a coworker is calling me, from time to time, for professional advice.
This is not “where’s the X file” or “what’s the password” kind of advice. It’s “we’ve tried X, X, X, and X, and it still isn’t in spec. What would you do?”