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Old 05-31-2019, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Quietude View Post
You're betting all your chips that a newly-acquired degree or certification will make you desirable as a contractor, which is probably... not true. Anyone who's going to hire an engineering consultant is going to go with the grizzled, hard-learned old expert (like my former FIL), not someone whose education and experience is in the early years.

I completely sympathize with how difficult it can be to get a job - I'm closing in on two years now, almost entirely due to being twice the age of most candidates.

But you're better off getting a job that's 'beneath you' than putting in years of education trying to pass for a much more experienced authority, which is how I read your plans. If no one would hire you outright for a senior engineering position, they won't call you to consult (because their own team is too inexperienced), either.
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Old 05-31-2019, 04:52 PM
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Originally Posted by MinivanDriver View Post
I disagree with this advice. It is far more likely that someone will hire the OP on a project basis than hire full-time. Staffing costs being what they are, you can pretty much add a boatload of expenses on top of each new hire from health insurance to SSI kick-in to other benefits. Hiring someone to take on a project for a limited period serves two purposes: 1) You enjoy flexibility in staffing and 2) you get to try a potential candidate on for size without much risk.

The other thing? OP's geographic area might be tapped out in terms of his specialty. If so, he's better off moving somewhere where engineers are in short supply.
Correct, I would provide my own errors and omissions insurance I would have to find my own reviewer (or if I am lucky the client would provide review), I would provide my own insurance, I have a drafter to do 2D cad and plot, etc.

My friend who does contracting that wants to hire me once I get my second stamp says the rates more than make up for it but then they write a check (a big check) the
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Old 06-08-2019, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by pittsflyer View Post
Yep, was looking for govt bid work, do the feds have like one central web site to bid for contracts all over the country (kind of like they have for USA jobs)? I will ask my family what the one for the state is.

How do private companies go out for bid on work? I am actually meeting a former work contact today.
Not a hidden secret of fed contracting but it isn't out in the public knowledge bank, but the fed govt ( state/local somewhat as well) has a vosb/sdvosb program that they set aside funding for veteran owned small businesses. The program helps them with contacting too.

Said it isn't a secret because it is part of the law... Public usually doesn't keep up with it though

Not that it helps in your case directly but that's the kind of competition you are facing. Even if you get the contract, a vosb could win it from you at renewal time.

And if it isn't a small business you are competing against, you don't have the resources of a large business
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