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:
- How much do you value company perks and benefits.
- How important is company provided health care. Can you get health coverage from a spouse/partner?
- Do you work significant overtime? Are you paid for OT?
- Do you enjoy settling in at a company or do you like to move around?
- Would you consider giving up some company perks and befits for a higher take home pay?
- 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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