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What makes a successful contractor or freelancer?

Posted by: Neil Kellaway | 20.04.17

Intouch Accounting

What makes a successful contractor or freelancer?


If we were able to provide a magic formula that instantly gave you the success you always dreamt of, we’d be very rich! But sadly your success is down to your own hard work, graft, and pure determination (with a little luck thrown in).


So without a fairy godmother on speed dial or magic beans to fall back on, to what do other freelancers and contractors owe their success? In this blog, we share some feedback from successful Intouch clients, on how they got to where they are today.


Be a success from the outset – take the leap into contracting

Leaving the security that permanent employment provides can be daunting, and takes a lot of courage. But becoming your own boss can be extremely rewarding, as you call the shots, decide on your working hours and who you work for.


Our first contractor insight comes from Intouch client Alex Patron of Ctrl Cee Limited:


“Contracting is a fantastic way to build up your experience in a shorter space than you would if you stayed in permanent employment. Don’t be afraid of change and embrace the freedom contracting provides.”


Variety is certainly the spice of life for contractors and freelancers, as the industry is ever changing and two contracts are never exactly the same. If you want to gather a large amount of experience in a short space of time, then it’s time to consider a contracting career.


Learning new skills and develop existing ones

Fast-tracking the learning of new skills is a huge benefit of contracting. Many of our clients have found that the independence contracting provides allows the freedom to professionally develop their skills and learn at a greater speed than if they were still in permanent employment.


Our second client insight comes from Paul Davies of Sunny Robot Limited:


I’ve only been contracting for a short time, but the benefits have already changed. I am constantly developing myself as a product, and the new skills I’m developing are my main driving force.


By constantly updating and developing your skills you’ll always be a desirable candidate for future clients. The exposure you’ll get from each and every contract you complete will show you what different industries are like, what they need and how you’re able to give it to them. As a contractor or freelancer you’ll never stop learning, and never work the same day twice!


Having the confidence to step out of your comfort zone

From time to time you’ll come across a contract or client that you might consider ‘out of your league’. But if you always stay within your comfort zone you’ll never develop both your professional skills or confidence, and get to the level (and day rate) you truly deserve.


David Martin of Comprehend Solutions Limited shares his beliefs when it comes to being confident in yourself as a contractor:


My advice if you’re considering a career in contracting is to go for it! Have confidence in your choices; if you were successful in permanent employment and enjoy meeting new people then you’ll succeed as a contractor.


Stop wasting your precious time

As a contractor or freelancer you’ll either be busy working on your latest contract, looking for your next client or enjoying your free time – so why waste any of it trying to make sense of your accounts?


Part of being successful is knowing when to ask for help and outsource tasks that take up your time. Enlist the services of a contractor accountant who’s able to help manage your accounts and keep you updated with changes to legislation. Find out today how we can make your life easier, with our all-inclusive monthly service.
Success is yours if you dare to dream and take the leap. Let Intouch be your guide to contracting or freelancing success.


This blog has been prepared by Intouch Accounting. While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this blog has been obtained from reliable sources, Intouch is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. This blog should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional accounting advisers. If you have any specific queries, please contact Intouch Accounting.