Working as a contractor isn’t for everybody. Many of us like the idea of a steady paycheque, coupled with predictable routine.
But for others, taking a contract accounting or finance role makes perfect sense. Here are three reasons that being a contractor might be for you.
If you like the idea of being your own boss, a role as a career consultant could be a perfect fit. Whether you choose to specialize in one area like systems implementation, or be a jack of all trades, there are many contracts available to fit your needs. For an employer, career consultants offer possible savings relative to the costs associated with employing a consultant from a big, public accounting firm. For you, life as a career consultant could mean that you combine the lucrative nature of contract work, with the flexibility of owning your own business.
Perhaps you want to develop a specific skill set, or gain experience in an industry. Either way, a contract accounting or finance role can provide the opportunity to test other industry sectors, explore different company cultures and establish a wide-ranging network you can later leverage to land your dream job.
If you only want to work part-time, contract roles might be the way to go. Whether it’s for extra money in retirement, or a desire to simplify your life, working as a contractor gives you the freedom to choose when you work and for whom. With higher hourly rates, a short-term contract can be a great way to make a living, while still retaining your independence.
If you want to develop specific skills, or be a consultant, contract work might be a fit for you. With its more flexible nature, higher hourly rates and potential for greater independence, contract work offers many benefits worth pursuing for the right personality.