Today one of my clients came to me and gave me a job number. "There are 109 hours on this job number. Use 'em."
"Use 'em? What do you mean?" I asked.
"Whatever you do for us over the next 109 hours, bill it to this job number."
"Or just bill 109 hours to this job. It really doesn't matter if you actually do anything."
<blink, blink> "O ... kay," I replied.
I'm familiar with this game, shuffling at the end of the year to use up a budget before time runs out and takes next year's funding with it. I've just never been asked, point blank, to bill a bunch of hours to a project I'm not working on. But hey, your pay-me-not-to-work wish is my command!
It makes me wonder, what other high-paying, non-working, end-of-year-budget-renewal opportunities can I get in on? Am I missing a golden ticket here? Should I advertise on Adsense? Or maybe put a spot on TV?
"Do you have end-of-year budget to burn? Call the expert! I can use your budget to accomplish great tasks, and bill to your job numbers as if I were right there in your offices! And if you act now, I will throw in this FREE Net 15 Invoice! Yours to keep! Call it my gift to you."
This is so appealing, I may just franchise the idea.