Contracting is an exciting step in your career and can bring a lot of changes to your lifestyle. If you’re new to the world of contracting, we’ve put together a list of useful resources which might come in handy in the early days of your career.
A support network
As a new contractor, a reliable and trustworthy network can make the world of difference. Experienced contractors can provide advice, inside tips and access to jobs which you might have otherwise missed.
If you are looking to build a local support network, joining contractor groups on LinkedIn is a good place to start.
A good set of tools
No matter what your trade, before you go it alone, you will need to invest in a good set of equipment to see you through your career. Whether this is a reliable computer or a spanner and screwdriver for your toolbox, getting the right gear in the beginning will only make your life easier.
If you’re purchasing equipment for the sole purpose of work, it’s good news as you could also claim the cost as a business expense through your company. For more on this, you can refer back to our expenses guide.
As a new contractor, making yourself seem as employable as possible is key to securing new work. Take time to perfect your CV, including your key skills and any relevant experience. Based on your profession, a website may be better suited to your needs.
You can find more about constructing the perfect contractor CV here.
A good workspace
Working with different clients, you may find that you’re given more freedom when it comes to where you work. Whether you have the space to set up your own home office or you’re more partial to a co-working space, finding a productive environment is key.
An accounting partner
At ClearSky, we understand that going it alone isn’t always straightforward in the beginning. To provide the best help and support possible, we created Workstyle, our publication dedicated to contractors. Inside there's advice from existing contractors about starting up, overcoming challenges and securing your first role. You can find out more and download your free copy here.