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I've been contracting for about 8 months now and I am still bricking it a bit. I'm hoping things will return to normal once I have a sizable warchest and a better gig, but right now I am just putting up with what I have cos it pays well.
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It took me 3 months to find a role, but we were just coming to the end of recession at the time.
I thought 3.5K, in London, to cover everything, would be enough to get started, I just made it .
I never looked back, that was 16 years ago, now.
Fingers like lightning
I left my perm job with next to no savings but on good terms with an open door to go back, so my worst case scenario was going back to where I was - this was 18 months and 2 contracts ago now - haven't looked back yet but isn't to say I won't ever, but I've made about 2.5x more doing it this way
I don't see contracting as a life choice that I'll never go back from, it's just the best way to make money for me at the moment. As soon as it isn't, I'll go back perm.
I'm in engineering, and my first contract client were willing to wait for my (1month) notice period - from reading on here IT can tend to be a bit more "now or never"
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The longer you leave it before going contracting, the more money you are missing out on!! I made the jump after less than 4 year of my first perm job. Although everyone said it was a risky move it current climate (sept 2008) i figured since id be doubling my take home and it was a 6 month contract i felt comfortable with the risk. I had a one month notice period so I slid straight from one to the next. I didnt have savings but could have always moved back home i guess. you dont have to wait and skill up before you go contracting you can learn on the job. I have seen some clients wait for three month notice periods. I myself have just secured a role starting 1st march. Always good to finish a post with a quote so "if you want to learn how to swim, jump into the water" bruce lee
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