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    Good Afternoon Folks

    I hope you're all well. Ever since I was made redundant about 7 years ago, I have had short term temporary contracts - the longest has been for 6 months, and generally they are 3 months or shorter. I have over 15 years experience of credit control (debt collection), and despite that, I'm having great difficulty in securing permanent employment. It may also be due to the fact that I have not had a permanent job for the last 7 years or so and /or perhaps to do with my age - I have recently turned 49.

    I am now thinking of doing contract work as a credit controller, but very scared to take the plunge. If I decide to take this route, how can I get enough clients in order for me to make money to meet my own living expenditure? How can I find out that there is a market out there for contract credit controllers? A lot of my friends have said there are loads of companies out there who are owed money by customers and they would need someone to make sure the money is collected. However, I'm not so sure that there is a ready made market out there for my services.

    What is your opinion on this?

    Any responses greatly appreciated.

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    Most of us on here are IT contractors. There are a few engineers on here as well. And personally I know non-IT project managers, accountants and graphic designers/digital artists.

    You really need to see if there is a market for your skills. This means you need to network and do web searches to find out if there is a market. Since it's your target market it is your responsibility to do the homework by networking, doing web searches and contacting agencies. No one on here can tell you whether there is a market as we either aren't in it, or maybe your competitors so don't want you to enter it. In short we aren't here to spoon feed you in to how to find your market.

    Then once you find there is a market you need to find out how most people in your target market get paid. For example graphic designers can be contractors or freelancers. The reason to choose one over the other includes how they source work, ease of set up and whether they are also permanent employees.
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    Thank You.

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    Most jobsites let you set up custom searches, create some with 'credit' in the search box and see what contracts turn up.

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