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Considering Computer Contracting?

1st Edition

By Michael Powell


208 pages

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Considering computer contracting?

If you are, then read this book. It explores the many aspects of the computer contracting world and gives sound practical advice to both the newcomer and the experienced contractor. It will also be invaluable if you are an employer wrestling with the perennial problem of finding staff in this highly competitive marketplace.

Let this book show you how to break loose from being an employee to working freelance. The author, a freelancer himself, considers what it takes to become a contract worker and gives you invaluable information throughout to help you get started in the world of computer contracting.

This book looks at:
* why contract workers are used at all - what kind of companies actually employ contractors, and why?
* how you make the transition from full-time working - what does it actually take temperamentally to be a successful contractor?
* how you start - what does forming your own company involve, and why is it even necessary?
* how you go about finding a contract, and negotiating the right rate.
* what agencies do for you - and how can you find who are the best?
* the financial differences between being a full-time employee and a contractor - how do you manage your affairs?
* how you keep your experience up to date when you do not have a regular employer to help train you.
* what sort of opportunities are available, and what sort of rates of pay you can expect.
* your possible career progressions after contracting.

The contracting scene is ever changing. In this wide-ranging book, the current outlook for contract staff is analysed as well as the trends in the computer industry which are driving these changes. Some doors are opening whilst other close - let this book be your guide.

If you have marketable skills, the right attitude and would like to be your own boss, there could not be a better time to consider computer contracting.


"Michael Powell patently understands the current contracting scene very well indeed. This well-written book… highly recommended" - Informatics Magazine

A mine of information for those that are considering the change.
Software World - May 2001

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Who uses contractors and why?
3. What it takes to become a contract worker
4. Forming you own company
5. How to find you first contract
6. Finance
7. Updating your skills
8. Current outlook for contract staff
9. Contracting away from home
10. After contracting
11. Conclusion

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Information Management
COMPUTERS / Information Technology