Re: [softwaredev-17] Becoming a contractor/self employed

From: user 3.
Sent on: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3:39 PM
Yes Bill is absolutely correct. I personally had that experience. Once 1 month and the other for 4 months.

On Wed, Nov 12, 2008 at 3:37 PM, Bill Horsman <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Gord,

For marketing and promotion it comes down to networking - talking to people and telling them what you're looking for. Word of mouth is weird though - telling people you are looking for work is something that needs to be continually worked on. People are much more likely to recommend you if they spoke to you yesterday. Keeping an up to date blog and doing talks is a great way to keep in people's minds.

The other thing you need to prepare for is the inconsistent income. With luck you'll make more money per year but can you cope with a month or two with no income at all? You might be out of work or you might just be working on a long job with a big cheque at the end. Can you cope with only having one week of work in the pipeline? Your answer to those questions will depend on your judgment of risk and your personal situation (family, mortgage etc.)

Good luck!

Bill Horsman

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