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The market is going to change considerably in that time. Forget planning to be a contractor, it is just a different method of providing your skills to a client instead of an employer.
Focus 100% on getting your skills up to date and understanding business, career paths. You might actually find that being a BA for there rest of your life isn't acceptable and you can charge up the career ladder in to something that can command a much better rate in a couple of years more. I think planning to be a BA contractor is a pretty short sighted career path. I can only imagine you are doing this because of the dollar and there is much more to a contracting, and indeed a life long career than the dollar.
Forget dreams of contracting for now. Focus on solid experience with a couple of different companies and THEN when you have a saleable and demonstrable skill come back and see what the state of the market is and what you can do.
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