Sometimes you feel you are working for free

As a practising engineer I initially found the situation very tiresome. You get an enquiry, review the drawings, markup the details, give the client some advice or input over the phone and then….never hear from them again. Of course you soon get to realise you are simply a price check or to use a more… Read More

Yes, okay, I'll buy it then!

Holding a gun to someone’s head to get them to do what you want is an effective way of persuading them to buy your product, but then if you are going to cast aside law and order, you may as well just take their money and keep the product. If repeat business is important to you,… Read More

You're fired!

Bob was a popular software developer at an unnamed US Infrastructure company and regularly named as best software developer in the building. It therefore came as a bit of a surprise to many, that following an IT security audit in 2012, Bob was promptly fired for what many might describe as ‘inspired brilliance’.… Read More

EngLancer in action

We have, on a few occasions now, come across an unexpected practice since launching the  EngLancer platform. If I’m entirely truthful, when we set about building and launching the site, we didn’t appreciate how useful it could be for freelancers or smaller firms to outsource to the bigger engineering consultancies. I envisaged the majority of… Read More

Is anyone else experiencing an unprecedented demand for detailing services? It’s great to see the industry busy again but what implications does this demand have on our ability to deliver jobs and what can you do to improve your ability to meet those deadlines?… Read More