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Why should you be a contractor in IT

I’ve been contracting now for roughly 7 years, and in that time I’ve seen a lot - good and bad. This specific career choice is not for everyone, but if you’re interested in a challenge, it’ll live up to it.

What are some of the major pit falls of contracting? No stability? Well, that’s questionable. High expectations from the business? This is true, as a lot of clients will expect you to hit the ground running. You’re the expert, and you need to act like one - know your stuff. Getting the cold shoulder from full-time employees? This will happen a lot of the time, but it really depends on the person and what you’re doing exactly. And the worse thing - you might not get paid! These are the risks we take.

Does that scare you? It really shouldn’t, but maybe contracting just isn’t for you. Let’s look at some of the perks of being a contractor.

You get some serious money! With that money also comes a lot of flexibility. You can negotiate your hours, and even your notice period. You can have all the perks of full-time, but without all that major hassle. And you don’t have to involve yourself with all the politics in the office, unless you really like that stuff.

If you’re really interested in building lasting relationships in the office, and committing many years to the company, you should be a permanent employee.

If you’re interested in making lots of money, jumping between lots of companies, and pretty much running your own business, then you’re a contractor.

All of this comes back to the lifestyle you want to live, and your current situation. Lots of people with families prefer the stability of permanent employment. It gives them that sense of security. Whatever path you decide to choose, just remember - you can get almost all of the benefits of full-time employment. You just need to hash out a proper contract; it’ll dictate everything.

And never be afraid to leave a contract! There’s always more contracts, and especially if you’re amazing at what you do.


jon | March 03, 2013 | Comments (0)

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