Fancy Losing a Leg?

There is a old addage about contractors which although funny, is based firmly on fact.

They say that a contractor would rather have a leg off than a day off!

I only heard this when I came to book my first day off as a contractor and then complained to a fellow contractor that the day off was going to cost me $350.

It was then that he laughed at me and told me the joke. I had to laugh myself.

The joke of the joke was that I was earning almost three times what I used to earn as an employee and yet as an employee I took as much time off as I could and thought nothing of it.

Here I was making much more money and I begrudged taking any time off. Even time with my family.

No major point here but I wanted to point out the irony and ask you to bear in mind quality of life as well as money.

Paul Browning

8 Responses to “Fancy Losing a Leg?”

  1. I know what you mean.

    Strange that we make more money but don’t want to take time to enjoy it.

  2. Would it be harder to get time off though as a contractor? I imagine they want you for the duration of the contract.

    • Good question, but I guess if a contract is 3 months then its comparable to the amount of time you would work in a perm before taking time off

  3. 300+ bucks a day is huge! I wouldn’t mind clocking in a few more hours. But yeah I still have to balance my life. wouldn’t want the missus to leave just cause i wanted to keep getting some dough, at any rate it is hard to choose between the sometimes yeah?

  4. Wow, in our country the minimum wage is $8 a day, and most don’t want to be absent because $8 to them is a lot of money. So when they get promoted to management they earn 10$ a day, this is like super opposite of what you guys earn.

  5. $350 a day? I wish I had a job Like that! people in Europe sure have it easy. especially contractors. I don’t know how much contractors in the states earn though. Say how much do you need to spend daily to survive in England by the way?

  6. Ha! I hadn’t heard that one. It’s understandable though. As an employee you are usually paid for your time off, as paid holidays or vacations, and maybe even “sick time”. As a contractor you’re not paid if you’re not working. So you really must remind yourself that you need to pay yourself by taking time for yourself and your family.

  7. Some of that time off might be for your own professional development – education and training you need to stay current in the field. You won’t stay in business for long without upgrading your skills. As a contractor that’s part of the cost of doing business.

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