If you’re new to contracting, wrapping your head around everything you need to know can be a real challenge.
We’ve used our extensive contractor accounting experience to come up with a list of five key points you should consider before pressing on.
5 things to consider if you’re new to contracting
Let’s take a closer look:
- Contract work: It’s engaging and can offer more variety than full-time work. There are contracts for workers of almost every skill level, so willpower should be enough to find work/hone your abilities.
- CVs and interviews: Your CV and interview technique are about to become much more important. Take time to hone your application documents and interview technique as far as possible.
- Marketing yourself: Don’t just learn how to meet generic contract terms. Take the time to establish your USPs, then market yourself online and in each of your contract applications.
- Getting paid: Choose your preferred payment structure (umbrella vs limited company), determine your market rate before applying and be confident in negotiating towards this figure.
- Managing time: Being your own boss means taking charge of your schedule. Make sure to factor in time for client management/communications and give yourself an appropriate amount of holiday.
There is so much more to learn about becoming a contractor. You need someone on your side with the right financial expertise to guide your development.
Call on 3 Wise Bears for more expert contractor financial advice.