I work as a contractor with one full-time client, and I also have an S-Corp that I funnel my freelance work through via subcontracting and delegation.
I get a lot of phone calls and LinkedIn messages from recruiters and managers, and I'm realizing that the opportunity cost of turning these people down is turning out to be greater than the wage my current gig pays.
Now: I realize that this is not exactly in external recruiter's best interest, so I want to be clear that I'm not asking how to get a lead from a recuiter and then "ditch the middle man." I just feel like this is a great opportunity to at least ask the question:
"I don't have the capacity to come work for you, but would you consider hiring my firm as a vendor?"
Does anybody have experience navigating these tricky waters? I've asked around and one of the better suggestions I received was to respond to a soliciation with an email like this:
"Thanks for reaching out! I'm currently accepting work through my company, [name]. Let's schedule a call to see if its a good fit."
To me, that seems good - it's succint, positive, and has an action item built into it. But of course, I'm asking, so I'm open to any and all suggestions and wisdom.