The contractor is someone you bring in to do a job you have little or no knowledge in how to accomplish in a timely fashion that you have deemed acceptable.
Read that again – you haven’t asked them how long it’s going to take (because you don’t know) but you will give them the timeline they have to work against.
Its not the most ideal of circumstances for any person and a new opportunity usually comes with its own level of confusion to start.
If you get someone that tells you the hoops and hurdles they will have to go through to get it done, know that they aren’t doing it for their benefit but for yours. They’re giving you the lay of the land and filling in the blanks of what they know to get the job done.
That’s their value – they give you the knowledge you’re missing and they deliver in the timeline you set out.