Occasionally, in the midst of exasperation and nitpicky academics, come breaths of fresh air.
The first set of documents may come to me as soon as two weeks but that really depends on how fast the first writer works. For now, I would estimate that something will definitely start within a month and will continue throughout the winter. I know for tax purposes you wanted to be paid before the fiscal year. Depending on how you would like to be paid and when, I’d like to submit the paperwork sooner so you don’t have to wait so long, even if it’s way before you actually start or finish.
If you can get an estimate to me before the end of the month I can work on getting a contract to you quickly. Don’t worry so much about the start and end dates not being accurate. And remember, if we need to, we can always set up another one later if the work is more than you and I expected.
Fresh air, blind faith … lah lah.