Approaching an old client
I moved into contracting last year and am currently in a contract. I am full remote and seem to have a lot of free time.
My previous employment was a permanent position doing the same role. I had an excellent rapport with the client I used to work alongside when I was doing the permanent role. I delivered a number of important bits of work for them and I know their organisation really well.
Its been a number of months since I left the perm position and I'm thinking of approaching the client (who is very senior) directly via email to see if they have any work/projects they'd like to 'outsource' to me. This is just in order to supplement my current contract and if there is anything much larger in terms of work, even possibly move into a contract or perm position with them.
I've been hesitant to approach to date because consious of leaving a time gap between working for them via permanent position and contracting and also for the following reasons:
- Should I do this or will it burn any bridges with my old employer if they were to somehow find out about this direct approach? (I'm on good terms with management at old firm)
- Would it be frowned upon by the client or anyone within the client organisation?
- Not sure how to approach or what to say?
Does anyone have any experiences they could share or any advice/guidance? Thanks
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