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“Anyone Can Enjoy a Lucrative Career As An IT Freelancer – If They Know How”

To any IT people who have always wondered why contractors live in big houses and drive nice new cars.

My name is Paul Browning. I worked as a police officer in the UK from 1988 up to 2000 when I left for a career in IT. I worked on a helpdesk for BT doing desktop support and then for Cisco doing WAN support for large clients. We were all made redundant in 2002.

I knew I didn’t want another job because I didn’t like the office politics, low salary, long hours and bullying bosses. I knew that starting an IT company would be hard work and I would have to learn sales, marketing, accounting as well as win several corporate clients just to stay afloat.

It was then that a friend I’d gone to school with said to me ‘Why don’t you give IT contracting a go?‘ I’d heard of it but thought it was just for IT experts. My friend explained to me that ‘You can contract at any level, from helpdesk all the way up to IT manager and beyond. You don’t even need much experience for many roles. You just need to be available!

Contracting is also referred to as freelancing in the USA.

You can imagine how surprised I was! I started looking on the internet for contracting roles and five days later I found myself working on a network support team for a large telecoms company. Best of all I was earning three times what I had made at Cisco. I had discovered some of the secrets of contracting:

  • There is a constant demand for contract IT staff
  • You get paid two, three or more times than permanent rates
  • You get a regular income but can be your own boss
  • You get to pick where you work and who for
  • The more experience you gain the more you can charge

Contracting Myths

So many people make mistakes about IT contracting. Mostly due to talking to people who have no clue about how it works. Here are a few myths:

  • You have to be an expert – No, you can start from helpdesk upwards
  • You need lots of certifications – No, they help but are not compulsory
  • Incorporating is complicated – It can be but you can hire people to take care of the paperwork
  • You could be sued – All contractors get insurance before they work
  • It pays the same as perm – No, contracting can pay many times more
  • Contractors can’t get a mortgage – So where do we live then – in our cars?

The only things you need to start contracting are to be available for work and be able to do the job you are applying for. You can prove this on your resume and in the interview.

Contracting Benefits

Here are just a few of the benefits you will discover about IT contracting:

  • You can put yourself on the best training courses
  • Very few IT contractors are ‘experts’ at anything
  • You can get out of debt quickly and actually save up!
  • You can work for 6 months and take 3-6 months off
  • You can move for better rates as you gain experience

I’ve finished working on contracts now but when I came to advise friends in IT about how to contract I found almost no resource on the internet available to help them. Any books on the subject were years out of date and missing out vital information or giving misleading information.

What’s In It For You?

Here are just a few of things things you are going to learn on this site:

  • How to plan before you quit your job
  • How to moonlight on the side whilst working
  • How to easily form a company (if you want to)
  • The best way to get started
  • How to protect yourself with insurance
  • Getting your resume read by agents and clients
  • How to find the juiciest contracts BEFORE they are advertised
  • Negotiating the best contract rates
  • Rookie contracting mistakes to avoid
  • Knowing when to move on
  • and much much more

 

We have moved the course to the below website. It is allocated free to all members when they join.

 www.howtonetwork.com – please click on the logo in the top right of this page.

I hope you enjoy the site.