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Thinking of Contracting? Questions to ask yourself first.

jennrmillerdev profile image Jen Miller ・1 min read

In the past, I've talked about the structural aspects of contracting. Since then I've seen a few people questioning if contracting (specifically contract-employee) is a good option for them.

Contracting isn't for everyone. While I know some people who have been contracting their whole careers, some hate it. However, if you look around, you'll find quite a lot of people making good money with contracting so that's why I wanted to share this information.

Here's some questions to ask yourself:

  1. How much do you value company perks and benefits.
  2. How important is company provided health care. Can you get health coverage from a spouse/partner?
  3. Do you work significant overtime? Are you paid for OT?
  4. Do you enjoy settling in at a company or do you like to move around?
  5. Would you consider giving up some company perks and befits for a higher take home pay?
  6. What is your main motivation for even considering contracting?

My friends and I created a couple videos on contracting.

Though I've been a contracting for a while now, it doesn't mean I'll stay one forever. I'm curious to know how many people on DEV are contractors? What pushed you into contracting? Or if you are not a contractor, are you considering it a option?

Oh, if you have any feedback on the videos, I've love to hear that too...it's our first ever videos.
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