How to Determine Whether a Contractorís Life Is for You
One of the main draws of the contractor is an enhanced ability to further your career in many cases.
In uncertain economic times many people look at their work situation and try to determine whether they would be better off as an employee or as an independent contractor. They may consider that they will have far more freedom as a contractor and in many cases this is right. They may also feel as if they have more independence in terms of determining their long-term stability.
Professional Representation Network is in the business of advising contractors and helping to represent them. As such they are ideally placed to determine whether a career as a contractor is the right option, according to the various pros and cons applicable.
One of the main draws of the contractor is an enhanced ability to further your career in many cases. While many permanent employees will go through a process of career progression as determined by their employer or circumstance, the contractor can have a significant advantage. Different contracts may represent widely varying experiences and opportunity to enhance and augment a skill set.
The contractor also has the ability to be flexible. When you work for a permanent employer you are bound by their regulations and essentially by what they tell you to do. In the case of a contractor if you donít like the contract in question, you donít have to take it. Invariably you will have more choices to look at.
You can also determine where you work and avoid the hassle of commuting. If you do want to take extended time away for personal reasons then you have the ability to build this into your schedule. In the case of working for a permanent employer this may not be possible, or in any case may be difficult to achieve.
The contractor is often seen as a skilled expert and this can lead to an elevated status in a workplace. Does the contractor feel more engaged as a consequence? Many who have been in this position do think so.
On the flipside of that coin the contractor does have to ensure that they look at long-term sickness liabilities, allocating resources so that they can take time off for holidays. They have to consider that finding a new contract may take quite a bit of time, unless they are of course working with an organisation such as Professional Representation Network. PRN aims to reduce the bench time associated with changing contracts as much as possible.
Itís also true to say that the world of the contractor can be a little bit more stressful than that of the employee. Yet many contractors thrive on this dynamism, especially when theyíre working with an intermediary organisation that can help to relieve that stress.
The Professional Representation Network is a complete contracting provider, providing a variety of services to contractors from varying industries around the world. PRN identifies opportunities, negotiates contracts and provides support to contractors at every stage of the relationship. Relying on 40 years of experience in consulting and representation and access to an established network, PRN brings passion to help develop a contractorís professional life.
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