Day 5: New Client, continued

Sunday, March 2, 2003

The client we met with on Wednesday sent us the NDA. Seems fair enough — once you get past the legalese, it basically says that we won’t share the code we work on with anyone. It appears I can write about the project — and I will, as soon as we receive a contract that covers payment for the work we do. That should come tomorrow.

We started work on our first task for this client, but we will not be finishing it until we receive a contract. It is important to know where to draw the line — you want the client to know how eager you are to help them, and what an asset you can be to their company. The tendency, of which I’ve been guilty, is to jump right in and start writing code even before you have a contract. This leaves you holding the HTML, so to speak, if said client changes their mind. We have no reason to believe this client will, but it is best to err on the side of caution.