Tech contractors work short-term positions for employers that need to fill gaps in their tech team or to keep special projects on track. Many professionals make the switch from traditional, full-time employment to contracting.
While it can be scary to trade in a full-time job, there are some very real benefits that come with taking that leap.
Contracting Can Help You Achieve Better Balance
As a contractor, you have the freedom and flexibility to build time off in between your projects. Most companies start off new employees with two to three weeks of vacation a year. But contractors can take off a few days a few weeks or even a few months in between projects to travel, spend time with family or just recharge their batteries.
Contractors Can Earn More
While there are exceptions, tech contractors often earn more than their counterparts in full-time roles. Employers are willing to shell out a little more for a subject matter expert for a critical project. And because they are not responsible for paying a contractor’s taxes and benefits, they can afford to pay more per hour.
Contractors Grow as Professionals
Tech pros know the importance of keeping their skills sharp in order to stay relevant. Because contractors have control over the projects they choose to work on, they can focus on developing specific skills. Every new contract brings the opportunity to learn new skills and boost experience and credibility. This is why contractors tend to increase their skill ranges faster than traditional employees.
Contracting also helps you become a more well-rounded professional and build soft skills. Working for different companies throughout the year helps you become more flexible on the job, allowing you to overcome challenges faster and learn quickly.
What to Know Before Accepting a Contract Position
If you are considering contracting, but you are new to the process, it is important to ask these questions before making a move:
- How long is the contract? What happens if the project wraps early? If it goes longer than expected?
- Is this a contract-to-hire position?
- What is the pay rate?
- What happens when the contract is over?
In addition, make your own list of questions to ask your recruiter or the employer about the opportunity. Since making the switch is such a big decision, you don’t want to leave any question unanswered.
Are You Ready to Work as a Tech Contractor?
If you are a tech pro looking for new IT contract job opportunities, we invite you to contact PEAK Technical Consulting today. We can help you make a smooth transition into an exciting new career path.