You’ve listened to my advice, you have read my blogs and you have made the leap into IT contracting. Life is good, you’re making more money, paying less taxes, and you’re getting all these benefits, but you want to make sure life stays good and keep that money coming in steady and prepared for any mishaps. Well, it’s time to read my new blog then, as today I’m talking about managing finances as an IT contractor. This isn’t advice to help you get rich quickly, unfortunately, if I knew that maybe I wouldn’t be writing this blog, but this is how to stay rich when you get rich advice, so let’s get into it!
“It’s all about who you know”
We’ve all heard the phrase that it’s all about who you know, but is it really a phrase, or just one of the best tips you can be given in life? I’d say it’s one of the most useful pieces of life advice you could probably receive, whether it’s your friend group or a network of people who can help you when you need it. Who you know is what genuinely shapes your life and has such an impact for you as a person.
“Is this role remote?” is probably one of the most common questions I get asked when talking to contractors about different roles, and quite honestly, the amount of times I’m saying yes has been less and less as time has gone on from our time living with the disease that shall not be named. This, however, got me thinking about the state of the remote world of IT contracting. Is it viable to work remotely in today’s market? Well, so glad you asked, because now I can continue writing this blog for you to enjoy!
If you want to be a source of accurate information for your candidates, regularly share those insights! If you want to be considered as an approachable person, a person candidates can relate to, can trust, can be friends with, and can have a laugh with, these are all well within your control as part of your personal brand.
You may have already read my amazing article on how much money you can make as a contractor, and now you need to know how to negotiate the rate. Unlike permanent positions, where you can negotiate salary, benefits, sign-on bonuses etc., you simply need to negotiate the contract rate and the contract length. So, with that in mind, let me give you some tips!
Job Seeking can result in such an emphasis on your CV, that you almost forget everything else at your disposal to help get a job. Trust me, I’ve been there. You may not realise that your LinkedIn profile is just as important as a CV in helping you get a job!
We’ve all been there. Going out on the job market, trying your best to come across as amazing and giving the hiring manager no other choice but to offer you a role and absolutely kill it in their company.
That being said, have you ever thought about how you may come across to hiring managers? What impression might you be giving that meant you were rejected from that one role you liked or prompted the hiring manager to fast track a recruitment process and beg you to be on their team with an offer? Well, here are a few examples of the types of candidates hiring managers deal with regularly, so let’s see if you identify as one of them!
As a contract recruitment consultant, I deal with contractors every day, but I also deal with people who are on the fence about contracting. I know that before I was well-versed on the world of contracting, I would have admittedly been quite oblivious to the idea of being a contractor. It just simply never crossed my mind.