If you truly love what you do, and are satisfied with your current career choice, then becoming an independent contractor could be very rewarding. Since many employees are already equipped with the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to succeed, making the switch in becoming your own freelancing agent would be a very wise decision. By making such decision, you could be in the driver seat of your own career as you begin to develop your own reputation, client base, and income.
On the other hand, if you are not diligent, motivated, or have the willingness to succeed, then this could be the worst decision that you could ever make. In fact, there is a segment of the population that believes that they don’t have enough self-motivation to be their own bosses. They also believe that it is much easier for someone else to control their daily lives, than them taking control themselves. If this the type of personality sounds like you, then it is perfectly okay to work for another individual. Not all people have the desire to enter the world of independent contracting.
Nevertheless, if you are motivated and looking to take control of your own destiny, here are a few tips to help you switch from an employee to an independent contractor:
1.Work part-time as an independent contractor.
While you are currently working your full-time position, begin slowly picking-up clients. You can begin working as a part-time independent contractor after hours, or on the weekends. This gives you the opportunity to “get your feet wet” without the stress of having to make “ends meet”. Consequently, there are many industries that would support this type of lifestyle. Industries such as bookkeeping, accounting, web design, and freelance writing. Once, you are well established and would like to become an independent contractor full-time, you can then leave your current employer, and begin working on your own independently.
2.Scan Job Opportunity Ads
Job opportunity ads are a great place to find out what services are needed. You should apply to any part-time jobs that are in your area of specialty. However, make sure you clearly state in your resume that you are looking to work as an independent contractor. Depending on the company’s needs, an independent contracting position may be more desirable than hiring an employee.
3.Offer Complementary Services
The best way to stand above the competition is to offer unique services to complement your current talents. For instance, if you are offering bookkeeping services, you can also offer virtual receptionist services as well. This will definitely expand your target market, as well as make your independent contracting services more viable.
4.Create Professional Looking Marketing Materials
By creating professionally designed business cards and brochures, you can easily begin to allow your marketing materials to do some of the marketing work for you. Moreover, these marketing materials are great for passing out in business areas that could utilize some of your independent contracting services. They also work well when given to friends, family members, and current clients. Most importantly, you can also submit your electronic brochures to any part-time job opportunities that you find.
5.Purchase the right equipment.
Some independent contractors think that they can get away with investing in “subpar” equipment. This is one area where you must not take short cuts! Due to the fact that this equipment must adequately function in order to produce income, you should be investing in the most superior equipment that your money can buy. In any case, I’m not suggesting that you go over-board by buying equipment that you really don’t need. However, I am suggesting that you should make sure that it meets all of your daily functioning needs…without exception.