[LRUG] Freelancer holiday cover partnership

luke saunders luke.saunders at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 03:18:58 PST 2012

Previously I have always worked for big clients with several developers, or
very small ones who didn't care so this problem has never arisen. However
my current project is big enough that it'll need constant support but too
small to warrant several developers and I have been wondering what should
happen when I go away.

I thought about getting another developer to know the system but it would
take a while for someone to get familiar enough with it to fix things, and
I wasn't sure if this would be more hassle than it's worth. The Rails stuff
itself is simple enough but setting someone up so they can deploy via Chef
to EC2 instances etc is fiddly.

That aside though, possibly I can cover you when you go away as my time is
fairly flexible.

On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 10:49 AM, Jonathon Horsman
<jonathon at arctickiwi.com>wrote:

> Hi all
> I expect there must be a few freelance developers out there who have
> clients requiring ongoing cover. What cover do you provide your clients
> when you go away on holiday?
> Typically I take my laptop with me, but given that I'm going to be up a
> mountain I will lack the connectivity and motivation to answer support
> queries.
> Would any LRUG members be willing to form an informal support partnership
> where they would receive support queries and invoice at a pre-agreed rate
> for a set time?
> This is really for client piece of mind, as I've never had anything
> require immediate attention in the times I've been away.
> Likewise when pitching to some clients for new build projects they are
> concerned about cover when dealing with an individual freelancer. More than
> once I've been asked the 'hit by a bus' question and don't have a suitable
> answer. So I see this partnership covering new development projects too.
> Does this resonate with anyone?
> Cheers
> --
> Jonathon Horsman
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