6 Signs You Will Thrive as a Tech Contractor

Have you considered making a change in how you work? Gig work is taking over the tech world (along with other industries) and more professionals are jumping on board. Why? It has several benefits like flexwork and the chance to make more money. However, it is not for everyone. If you want to see what it’s all about and  your likelihood of succeeding in a temp role, consider whether these statements are true for you.

You love flexibility

As a contractor, you’ll gain a lot of flexibility in when you work, how much you work and who you work for. You can take time off between projects or work several back-to-back, whichever fits your life. Some contractors choose to move around the country with the seasons and demands for work, while others work hard for several months and then take sabbaticals or long vacations with their families. Depending on the terms and requirements, you may even be able to work several projects at a time to earn more money and learn new skills.

You want to work with the latest and greatest tech

Moving from contract to contract and company to company offers tech professionals a chance to try new things and work with the latest in technology. You’ll never be stuck with the same old projects or tools. As companies scale up or adjust to seasonality, they take on contractors to fill their needs. That often means these workers get a chance to work with the newest tools and trends in tech. If you’re someone who loves to learn and set outside your comfort zone, try contracting.

You’re looking for diverse, multicultural work environments

When companies work with contractors, they hire from all over the country and the world. While it may only be for a short time, you’ll get a chance to meet and work with people with different experiences or cultures. Through this experience, your network grows. You will have more opportunities to travel or work with companies in other parts of the world, even if remotely. These new opportunities grant you the chance to grow your net worth, too.

You like to “try before you buy”

If agreeing to a long-term or indefinite agreement scares you, be a tech contractor. Projects can range from a few weeks to several months, but you’re not signing your life away. Some companies are looking for longer term employees, but prefer to work with a contractor first to see if it’s a fit for both parties. Contract-to-hire gives both worker and employer the chance to work together on a real project, taking it beyond a test or interview and trying out the partnership in real time. Then, after a set amount of time, everyone can decide if they want to continue without any pressure. This also provides you the opportunity to negotiate a better compensation package since you’ve proven your work and fit in with the culture. You can use your recent experience to prove your value and the employer has already seen what you bring to the company.

You want to build your resume

As mentioned above, you’ll have the chance to work with the latest and greatest in tech. This means adding to the ‘skills’ section of your resume faster than you might at a full-time job. When you move from project to project, you’ll acquire an impressive list of connections, references and clients to help you land that next gig.

You like making money

It’s true! People love the gig economy because of the opportunity to make more money. Companies are willing to pay well for skilled contractors. What’s more, when you pick your workload, you can take on more work and that leads to more income.

 

Whatever your motivation, whether it is money, flexibility or simply a change of pace, working as a tech contractor has its benefits. We are here to help you find your next opportunity. Connect with us today to get started!