Trawling through job websites is a full-time occupation in itself. Part of the challenge of being a contractor is the sheer amount of hours you have to put into searching for opportunities and leads. Some job boards make this easy and some of them, well, don’t.
When you’re in the process of becoming a contractor there’s an awful lot of things to think about. The thing that’s probably foremost on your mind is the choice between founding a limited company of your own or joining forces with an umbrella company.
What you choose to do will probably depend on the reason you chose to become a contractor in the first place.
Redundancy is a one of the more stressful things that could happen in your working life. There you are, happily working your permanent contract and then *poof* you’re suddenly surplus to requirements. It can be devastating, both for your finances and your morale. However, there are ways to turn this unexpected ending into an exciting new beginning.
If you’re new to contracting, you might be feeling a little nervous. It’s daunting, to say the least, to eschew the sort of permanent position that sustained your grandparents and very likely, your parents too. It can be difficult to explain why you’ve decided to leave behind the certainty of a steady pay cheque and venture out into the world of short term contract jobs.