We repeatedly say throughout the Talent Development Center that "Independent contracting isn't for everybody" and "There are things you should know before taking the leap." While it's not intended, this can make new IT professionals nervous to making that leap, as it makes the change seem daunting and overwhelming.
The truth is, becoming an independent contractor does require extra work but it does not have to be scary. There is one very simple way to ensure you are successful: Don't do it alone. Of course, that encompasses many small items like engaging a lawyer and accountant, working closely with recruiters, and attending learning from experienced contractors who have already been through the hurdles.
We recently came across this article that Melissa Thompson, an accomplished entrepreneur, wrote for Inc. about freelancing. In it, she provides advice based on her experience to help contractors get hired. She lists four specific tips:
Freelancers need to take initiative
Networking is still important
Build an outstanding profile
Be prepared for variable income
If you're already an experienced and successful freelancer, could you add anything else?