Oh, and I brought up these "two possible deal-breakers" during the interview:
One: the 1099. SO much bookkeeping for me, and possibly a net loss once all is said and done.
Two: the hours. "We're at cross-purposes here," I told him. "You want me to answer the phone from 9 AM - 5 PM; I want to work part-time."
He agreed that we are, in fact, at cross-purposes here, with the hours and the tax work. Thus his suggestion that I come up with a proposal that will please us both.
I could work as a regular employee with an hourly rate. Once he sees how good I am, he'd probably be willing to pay me more per hour.
Right now the problem is, what will my proposal be?
I like the idea of the work, honestly. I'd come up with proposals for business owners who wanted websites; I'd figure a profit margin and (hopefully) get a portion of that profit for myself.
I'd serve as the go-between with the programmers and the customers (I'm SO good at that!). I'd invoice the customers at the end of the project.
I'd know that the project would NOT, ever, go as planned, and be prepared to deal with those difficulties.
I'm good at this, I like it, I've done this sort of thing (communications w/programmers and regular folk) during my entire career, and it appeals to me.
I never dreamed I'd be able to find "work in my field" in such a rural area, on a part-time basis. It could work.
It really could. But how?