30-minute Consultation: Free of charge, for the purpose of determining how I can help with your project.
Rate: $150/hr ($175/hr, starting Jan. 1, 2022) Design, analysis, and management of optical and mechanical fabrication.
Payment Methods: I accept all forms of payment and my invoicing service offers 6-mo interest-free financing. In general, work begins once payment has been received for each invoice. However, I can accommodate other terms for large U.S. customers paying by ACH.
IP Protection and Non-disclosure: I take great care to protect your ideas and the designs I create for you. I do not disclose your proprietary info to 3rd parties without your permission, nor do I re-use or share proprietary designs. All of my computers and devices are password-protected. I use encrypted hard drive backups, which are rotated to a safe deposit box, as well as end-to-end encrypted, private key cloud backups. My correspondence is over SSL, using a secure LAN, and I use a P3-level shredder to dispose of any sensitive documents. I sign NDAs with careful consideration only once I’ve been selected as the consultant on a project and the work is about to begin. If a contract is unusually lengthy or restrictive, I may need to charge my hourly rate for review and negotiation.