Stepping out into the contracting world can be daunting. However, recent figures show a rise in people currently operating as a contractor in the UK. The demand in web based skills and also more companies open to people working remotely have definitely been an influence on the increase. So once you have made the decision to become a contractor, what do you need to do?
* Review your current CV. If you have been working in a permanent position for a number of years, your CV will need a refresh. Include any freelance projects that you may have taken out whilst working in a permanent role. Also be sure to include any new skills you are learning that maybe relevant to work that you are looking to be involved with.
*Get in contact with recruitment companies. Research who is best for your target market and contact a select few. Don’t scatter your CV around stacks of agencies, your phone will be busy with a lot of non relevant work.
*Get involved with contracting communities such as http://forums.contractoruk.com Forums like this one can be invaluable to a new contractor, providing sound advice from very experienced contractors and can also give you the opportunity to network.
*How is your social profile? Run a search on your name in Google and check out your search footprint. It’s worth taking time out to tidy up your social profile. If you haven’t already, set yourself up on www.linkedin.com and promote your skills and network for new business.
*Get your contractor accounting in order from the start. Being organised now will help you further down the line. Use a proven reputable accountancy company, like us!
*Be prepared for a fast moving environment. Tight deadlines on projects and shorter learning curves.
*Stay one step ahead. Look down the line for your next contract or find out early as possible if a contract extension will be on the table. Irons in the fire is the name of the game.