The growth of outsourcing is accelerating, and the benefits of forgoing “getting a job” to become self-employed are more attractive all the time. Flexible work schedules, working from desirable locations, tax advantages, and control of income are all benefits enjoyed by outsourced professional contractors. In this article, programming expert and systems engineer Ravi Bahethi introduces independent contracting to those graduating from college or entering the job market.
You Are Your Own Boss
Real-World Potential for Greater Earnings and Lower Taxes
Successful contracting also requires that you become an effective negotiator and marketer of your skills. You are likely to find that you need to promote your brand and work hard on making the best possible deal for your services daily. Finding work can be a real challenge as a beginning contractor, and you should think about how to best use your network of friends and professional contacts for leads on projects.
An excellent place to enter the world of entrepreneurship is where you are working now. Ask your supervisor if there are any additional projects you can take on. This will make you a more valuable employee and give you an idea of what it takes to be an entrepreneur. Other places you can test the waters are sites like Craigslist and Fiverr. Simply post the services you offer–from web design and photography to cooking. Pursue “help wanted” or short-term gigs on these sites and see if anything piques your interest. If so, try performing that service for a few clients and gather their feedback.
If you are ready to accept total responsibility for your success, life as an independent contractor can be extremely rewarding.
Ravi Bahethi specializes in programming and systems engineering and serves both government and industry clients. Mr. Bahethi is a devoted believer in the power of integration of technologies in order to create new and more powerful efficiencies. He is a confident team leader, experienced programmer and systems engineer, and president of Maryland-based Terranet Inc. When he is not working, Ravi enjoys reading, walking, and playing tennis.
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