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Double billing

I got a nice gig working from home with a client overseas. They pay me on a day rate as opposed to hourly and I get about $980 a day (depending on the strength of the dollar vs. the Euro). The whole team is remote like this. The first 2 weeks I was there, I was working alot, but after a few months, I notice there are many of downtime periods where not much is going on. Truth is, I get most of my work done for the week in a day or two and I keep billing them for the rest.

I got a call from another company that wants me to do the same thing for them. They, on the other hand, will pay me hourly - at a rate of $150/hr. They told me up front that this is more of a pert-time thing worth  on average about 20hrs a week.

I know I can handle both. Is it 100% ethical .. maybe not, but I don't particularly give a shit especially considering my clients are big financial institutions. To the first client, I'll tell them nothing, the second client, since it's part-time I can be upfront and tell them I have other clients simultaneously.

So moral pontifications aside .. has anyone done this and pulled it off successfully? If not, what were the pitfalls?
Permalink Popeye 
April 12th, 2018 5:35am
Permalink Ubfyedd 
April 12th, 2018 5:36am
I did something similar, but was able to pull it off because of time zone differences. I did it for a year. It wasn't technically double billing, but the clients didn't know about each other.

So I was doing a regular 9-5 at a desk during the day and I would rush home, log in at 6 PM and work until 1-2 AM.

I made a ton of money, and had 0 social life. Would I do it again? Fuck no.
Permalink Home Despot 
April 12th, 2018 5:41am
>Is it 100% ethical .. maybe not

>but I don't particularly give a shit

Nice attitude
Permalink Luana Hamid 
April 12th, 2018 5:50am
Your clients would probably lose respect for you if you didn't double bill.
Permalink Chunga 
April 12th, 2018 6:28am
If you have a steady income that covers your bills and still time on your hands to do productive work, the best investment you could make would be to work on a side project that you own and control entirely.
Permalink Anabela Huang 
April 12th, 2018 7:33am
Hard to argue with earning more money.

The important thing is to know why you're doing it.

Have a goal.
Permalink Marius Moga 
April 12th, 2018 7:53am
I guess if you make 350K over a year or 2, that buys alot of downtime to work on your own thing ..
Permalink Home Despot 
April 12th, 2018 8:27am
>I don't particularly give a shit

Neither do we.
Permalink Marius Moga 
April 12th, 2018 3:27pm

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