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

From: user 5.
Sent on: Thursday, November 13, 2008 8:43 AM

Hello everyone,


My name is Sherwin Catindig and I am a Senior Technical Recruiter with TEKsystems.  TEKsystems is one of the largest privately held IT staffing and recruiting firm in North America and internationally as well.  We provide resourcing and supplemental staffing for our clients.  What I do is talk to candidates/contractors, such as yourselves and find out what kind of employment opportunities you are interested in so that I can best match you with opportunities offered by our over 100 clients in the greater Vancouver area.


I would be more than happy to provide any assistance you may have regarding the current IT market and some of the contracting/permanent opportunities available in BC.  It seems like there is quite a bit of questions about incorporations/accounting/taxes and if anybody would like some guidance in that, I would be happy to help as well.


Please do not hesitate to contact me should you any of you have any questions.  Thank you and I look forward from hearing from you.

Sherwin Catindig  Technical Recruiter
13575 Commerce Parkway, Suite 150, Richmond, BC V6V 2L1
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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Aaron Hilton
Sent: Wednesday, November 12, 2008 2:50 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: Re: [softwaredev-17] Becoming a contractor/self employed


Hi Gord,


You just just took the first step to being a successful entrepreneur.  Good job!  :D


That's a great check-list of stuff you need to know.  Part of the journey being an entrepreneur is getting out there and meeting people in the greater business world beyond your industry.


I would recommend starting low and building up.   Plan to get into a place like Bootup Labs, Workspace, or The Network Hub, and leverage their services.  It's a great way to get in close proximity with people who've got that all important understanding on tap.  Bonus that your services marketed around, all because people got familiar with what you do.


Plan to make little money on your leader projects.  It's not automatic that you can charge a lot of money from the get-go, so you have to provide the prospective client incentive to take that risk with a talented start-up.  Make sure you've got a portfolio on tap, but don't waste too much time up front.  There's just too much great stuff you can be doing with your time than prep-prep-prep.  It's a balance of reaching out (extrovert), and knuckling down and pushing yourself to get stuff done (introvert).


Here's my VCard, if you've got any questions, feel free to call.


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