What are the motivations for contractors?

Friday 17 March 2017

Plenty of full-time professionals are now turning to freelance work in order to become their own boss and choose clients and projects that suit them. 

While transitioning into a contractor can be daunting, there are several benefits to moving away from a traditional full-time position. Being in control of how you operate and who you work with can be a highly liberating experience that brings with it increased job satisfaction and potentially more money.

Here are just some of the top reasons for moving to freelance:

1. Financial benefits

Although it is not always the case, operating as a freelancer can mean earning more money than full-time counterparts. If you have premium skills that are in demand, you may find significantly more opportunities than those working traditional full-time hours. 

What’s more, the route to higher pay in full-time work often means entering management, which is something that not everyone will be interested in pursuing. For contractors, high amounts of money can be earned consistently if they can perform at a high level. 

2. Job satisfaction 

Permanent employees often see their job satisfaction levels change due to unreliable colleagues, poor equipment and bad management decisions. 

However, when it comes to working freelance, professionals are their own boss and are left completely in control of their own workload and decisions. While networking is a key part of contractor work, contractors can relax in the knowledge that their performance will not be directly affected by other people. 

3. Enjoy more training 

Training is absolutely crucial for professionals looking to improve their skills and develop new techniques to boost their career. 

However, many employers simply want their staff to focus on their primary role rather than spend time trying out new skills. This can hold people back in their career, keeping them trapped in one-dimensional fields. 

For contractors, it is easy to schedule some time in to learn about an area of business they are interested in. 

4. Flexible working

While some employers have embraced flexible working by letting staff choose how and when they work, many companies remain stuck with traditional methods. 

In order for professionals to maintain true job satisfaction and great performance, they need to work in a way that suits them. Not everyone is cut out for five days a week in an office, which is why picking clients and projects that can be completed in your ideal way is extremely important. You may find that working flexibly means both better results and more money.

By Victoria McDonnell

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