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Old 04-24-2019, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by vision33r View Post
The main reason for contract work is freedom and ability to add value to yourself without depending on your employer. I often take training or leisurely read or watch videos then go talk to other pros to get some ideas to add some new skills. Whenever I'm in between projects, which can sometimes be from 2-10 weeks. If you get unemployment then you got a nice vacation until the next gig. I've had 3 months off one year during the summer and it was great. I went to several interviews and chose the best project and continued working for 18 months straight then I got another 5 months break afterwards. Still made more money than a lot of FT workers. Just make sure you pay into your own 401k.

Full-time employees typically are either too busy with their work or too pre-occuppied with their personal life they don't get to enhance their skills.

There are many FT job that pays $80-120k a year but the hours can be 35-60 hrs a week depending on what the projects are. If you're consulting you're most likely putting in only 35-45 hours and making about 20% more per hour than the FT workers. But you get paid every hour that you've worked.

The only major negative is health insurance costs a lot if you have a family. That's why I never give any discounts to clients.
^^ This has been my experience as well. I actually prefer contract work because at the end of a two year gig, I'm ready for another vacation. Can you share any reliable resources where I can look for contract work other than Indeed and Dice?
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:16 PM
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Contract work = consultant via an org. who takes a cut but offers security (i.e work). It is also a good way to test the waters of going completely on your own.
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