Reasons for becoming a contractor
People thinking about becoming a contractor and signing up with an umbrella company have been told why it would be a great career path by someone with experience in it.
Many clients can benefit from contractors as they can hire someone to do a certain amount of work over a set number of days, weeks or months, whilst knowing that they can part ways with them if the workload shrinks, Contractor UK was told by Adam King, who has worked as an IT contractor for five years.
Potential contractors do not need to worry if their level of expertise is not as high as they feel others offer, either, according to Mr King, as a role is very likely to be available somewhere for them.
He said: "Do not decide that the market will not want you - be open-minded and ask the market."
Mr King also advised that anyone who has made their mind up to become a contractor should check that their CV is up to date, with details such as a recent role or a list of skills being placed towards the front, so that clients will be attracted to those points first.
Contractors could also get a heads-up on their potential clients, too, by doing research into their history, according to Laura Spencer, who was talking to Freelance Folder.