Contracting work has become more popular over the last few years. While it may not be for everyone, it can be a rewarding and fulfilling way to work for those who are willing to take the leap.
What is contract work?
What are the benefits?
1. More Control over Your Work
Getting to choose the projects you work on and who you work with lets you follow the career path you want to fulfil. You can choose projects that suit you and your priorities compared to the limitations of more traditional roles.
2. Work-life balance
One of the biggest benefits is the flexibility contract work offers. Gaps between jobs are much more common than in traditional permanent jobs. This gives you more freedom to pursue personal goals, focus on your hobbies or spend time with loved ones.
3. Diverse Work Experience
Now more than ever the opportunities you have are endless. With so many businesses now implementing contracting you have a lot more options. You can work on a variety of projects and gain experience in different industries.
4. Gain Desirable Skills
The skills you can learn while contracting are some of the most wanted by employers. Being able to communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders, adapt to different projects, work to deadlines and much more.
5. Competitive Salary
Contract workers are usually paid on a daily or hourly basis meaning you could earn a lot more for your work than if you were on a yearly wage in a traditional role.
Industries and roles you can do contract work in
You’d be surprised at the number of industries and roles you can find contract work in:
Contracting work is particularly common in fields where project-based work is common or specialised skills are in high demand. But as more people are pushing for flexibility, businesses are having to adapt to the demand and offer various new contract positions.
As with anything there are some limitations to doing contract work, from job uncertainty to no holiday pay or other company benefits. But it all depends on your work/life situation and what you look to get out of a job.