+ 0 Votes A quandry inside a conundrum.... robo_dev 5 years ago " So to be perfectly honest, you don't need me...." If the company really just needs an IT consultant, then you can probably do that perfectly well as an independent contractor without losing your independence. A potential red flag would be WHY do they think they need a full-time manager for 32 employees? Do they scare away all the contractors/consultants? Is it such a mess that consultants don't want to deal with it? Is the owner a royal PITA, and he thinks he can only get what he wants by 'owning' his IT staff?? + 0 Votes I guess id be out then Snuffy09 5 years ago I have little respect for small business owners now days (on an employee level that is). I got screwed 2 times too many. I believe there should be a fine line between making money and treating your employee?s right. Whereas what I experienced was 90%/10% + 0 Votes Just like my situation... dishneggo 5 years ago Robo has some good points.. I had the same situation happen back in August 08. I was a contractor for 8 years in South Florida, and the economy down here, as you can imagine just stopped. I started looking around because I got to the point where I wasn't sure if I would be able to stay afloat. Long story short, I am very happy, managing a growing company with co-located server and 2 office locations. I was able to learn a lot and continue learning everyday. Management is great, which was a HUGE deciding factor, and also the benefits, which are now 100% covered. Please analyze your situation and use your best judgement. I thought I would never be happy as an IT full time, but I couldn't be happier. Good luck and hope it works out. -DM + 0 Votes What would I do? JohnMcGrew 5 years ago I'd gamble: I'd convince them that the position does not justify a full-time position, but what it does justify is your part-time services. Best of both worlds. + 0 Votes What goes around... gwhaler 5 years ago As long as you are sure of yourself, abilities & research resources, you may have a better opportunity for steady work/income then the next guy. I lived in S. Fl. also, but needed some breathing space, moved to N. Fl. where my talents are head & shoulders above anyone else around, the the work on a less stressful level, I can exceed any limitations I may have felt before & get _personal_ referrals now where I once was just another grain of sand on the beach. A steady job in this new climate can buy you some time until the next economic collapse. Never miss a paycheck or a deposit. The new economy demands some amount of independence, so be sure you're getting what you're worth. That way you can always fall back on your own. + 0 Votes Dont get screwed Snuffy09 5 years ago Small companies frown upon idle IT time. Only 32 employees = not a lot of IT demand right? Id be skeptical of other hidden non IT related ?chores? down the line. Hopefully this isnt the case Even if it is, sounds like you have a great fall back anyways. + 0 Votes Yes but don't assume ... Churdoo 5 years ago don't assume too obviously that the owners don't have a clue what they're talking about. If some interviewer came in thinking they knew more about my business than I did, that would just pi$$ me right off and they wouldn't get either position, full-time nor contracted. **** I wouldn't even validate their parking. They may have their reasons for needing full time. They may have some LOB application that requires constant upkeep but they make a ton of money so it's ok, or whatever their reason, consider the possibility that there may be a valid one. Or you may be right and they do only have basic needs and a full time (experienced) IT employee would be sitting around with his/her thumb up their butt 50% of the time. If you're going in under the guise of a job interview, well an interview is an interview, you have 2 ears and one mouth so use them proportionately to avoid burning a bridge in front of you, and assess from there.