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The future for contractors is bright. Traditional companies are understanding the new ways of working are here to stay. As the hierarchy of the old company crumbles they are adapting to embrace a more open source model of working.
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The future for contractors is bright. Traditional companies are understanding the new ways of working are here to stay. As the hierarchy of the old company crumbles they are adapting to embrace a more open source model of working. This is future proofing the work, but it is also widening the pool as new contractors come to the table. What are some of the ways you can secure your future in this dynamic, expanding market?

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This is no time for hiding your light under a bushel. If you aren’t shouting your achievements from the roof-tops you are undermining your achievements.  It is easier now than ever to make a sophisticated website, to share your successes, or to find new communities on social media. Your last contract can increase your income stream long after your last invoice, but only if you are using the work to capture new clients.

Develop your personal contractor brand

Raise your profile by stepping forward in industry and the wider community. Putting yourself out there will bring in new clients from beyond your current remit. Is there an event you speak at, a panel discussion you can join, a journal or magazine you can contribute to?

In developing your personal brand harness your authenticity. Reconnect with what fires you up in your industry, what are you passionate about? Share your opinion.  Is there an issue you want to champion or something you want to change? Stepping forward in a meaningful way engages others & starts a dialogue which can cut through the white noise of social media. Furthermore, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone will enhance your skill set and might even change the way that your work.

Go Analog

Networking is essential for a contractor. In our lives of hyper-connectivity we can become blasé about our online networks. Refresh how you think, try going analog. Digital recommendations fuel our perfectionism but there is much to be said for getting out there on the ground and having IRL interactions. Find events that interest you beyond your professional work. Have interesting conversations. Don’t necessarily look for your next client. Look for people who inspire you. They might become collaborators or catalysts to broaden your horizons.

Stay up to date with working innovation

We are already fluent in the ‘new way of working,’ but be sure to stay ahead of the curve. Utilise all the apps, platforms and software available to you to make yourself as agile, flexible, efficient and unrestricted as you can. Streamline your tax and expenses. Understand where you put your time. Manage and flow your projects and tasks. communicate easily and reliably with your clients. As a contractor, make yourself a speciality. You may end up introducing your clients to new systems and processes that mark you out not only as a brilliant contractor, but as an expert in the contracting field.

Also – you might like to take a read of How to Balance Life Situations as a Contractor to ensure you are balancing work and life to its optimum!

The future for contractors is bright. Traditional companies are understanding the new ways of working are here to stay. As the hierarchy of the old company crumbles they are adapting to embrace a more open source model of working. This is future proofing the work, but it is also widening the pool as new contractors come to the table. What are some of the ways you can secure your future in this dynamic, expanding market?
Show Off
This is no time for hiding your light under a bushel. If you aren’t shouting your achievements from the roof-tops you are undermining your achievements.  It is easier now than ever to make a sophisticated website, to share your successes, or to find new communities on social media. You’re last contract can increase your income stream long after your last invoice, but only if you are using the work to capture new clients.
Develop your personal contractor brand
Raise your profile by stepping forward in industry and the wider community. Putting yourself out there will bring in new clients from beyond your current remit. Is there an event you speak at, a panel discussion you can join, a journal or magazine you can contribute too?

In developing your personal brand harness your authenticity. Reconnect with what fires you up in your industry, what are you passionate about? Share your opinion.  Is there an issue you want to champion or something you want to change? Stepping forward in a meaningful way engages others & starts a dialogue which can cut through the white noise of social media. Furthermore, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone will enhance your skill set and might even change the way that your work.
Go Analog
Networking is essential for a contractor. In our lives of hyper-connectivity we can become blaise about our online networks. Refresh how you think, try going analog. Digital recommendations fuel our perfectionism but there is much to be said for getting out there on the ground and having IRL interactions. Find events that interest you beyond your professional work. Have interesting conversations. Don’t necessarily look for your next client. Look for people who inspire you. They might become collaborators or catalysts to broaden your horizons.
Stay up to date with working innovation
We are already fluent in the ‘new way of working,’ but be sure to stay ahead of the curve. Utilize all the apps, platforms and software available to you to make yourself as agile, flexible, efficient and unrestricted as you can. Streamline your tax and expenses. Understand where you put your time. Manage and flow your projects and tasks. communicate easily and reliably with your clients. As a contractor, make yourself a speciality. You may end up introducing your clients to new systems and processes that mark you out not only as a brilliant contractor, but as an expert in the contracting field.
Also – you might like to take a read of How to Balance Life Situations as a Contractor to ensure you are balancing work and life to its optimum!The future for contractors is bright. Traditional companies are understanding the new ways of working are here to stay. As the hierarchy of the old company crumbles they are adapting to embrace a more open source model of working. This is future proofing the work, but it is also widening the pool as new contractors come to the table. What are some of the ways you can secure your future in this dynamic, expanding market?
Show Off
This is no time for hiding your light under a bushel. If you aren’t shouting your achievements from the roof-tops you are undermining your achievements.  It is easier now than ever to make a sophisticated website, to share your successes, or to find new communities on social media. You’re last contract can increase your income stream long after your last invoice, but only if you are using the work to capture new clients.
Develop your personal contractor brand
Raise your profile by stepping forward in industry and the wider community. Putting yourself out there will bring in new clients from beyond your current remit. Is there an event you speak at, a panel discussion you can join, a journal or magazine you can contribute too?

In developing your personal brand harness your authenticity. Reconnect with what fires you up in your industry, what are you passionate about? Share your opinion.  Is there an issue you want to champion or something you want to change? Stepping forward in a meaningful way engages others & starts a dialogue which can cut through the white noise of social media. Furthermore, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone will enhance your skill set and might even change the way that your work.
Go Analog
Networking is essential for a contractor. In our lives of hyper-connectivity we can become blaise about our online networks. Refresh how you think, try going analog. Digital recommendations fuel our perfectionism but there is much to be said for getting out there on the ground and having IRL interactions. Find events that interest you beyond your professional work. Have interesting conversations. Don’t necessarily look for your next client. Look for people who inspire you. They might become collaborators or catalysts to broaden your horizons.
Stay up to date with working innovation
We are already fluent in the ‘new way of working,’ but be sure to stay ahead of the curve. Utilize all the apps, platforms and software available to you to make yourself as agile, flexible, efficient and unrestricted as you can. Streamline your tax and expenses. Understand where you put your time. Manage and flow your projects and tasks. communicate easily and reliably with your clients. As a contractor, make yourself a speciality. You may end up introducing your clients to new systems and processes that mark you out not only as a brilliant contractor, but as an expert in the contracting field.
Also – you might like to take a read of How to Balance Life Situations as a Contractor to ensure you are balancing work and life to its optimum!The future for contractors is bright. Traditional companies are understanding the new ways of working are here to stay. As the hierarchy of the old company crumbles they are adapting to embrace a more open source model of working. This is future proofing the work, but it is also widening the pool as new contractors come to the table. What are some of the ways you can secure your future in this dynamic, expanding market?
Show Off
This is no time for hiding your light under a bushel. If you aren’t shouting your achievements from the roof-tops you are undermining your achievements.  It is easier now than ever to make a sophisticated website, to share your successes, or to find new communities on social media. You’re last contract can increase your income stream long after your last invoice, but only if you are using the work to capture new clients.
Develop your personal contractor brand
Raise your profile by stepping forward in industry and the wider community. Putting yourself out there will bring in new clients from beyond your current remit. Is there an event you speak at, a panel discussion you can join, a journal or magazine you can contribute too?

In developing your personal brand harness your authenticity. Reconnect with what fires you up in your industry, what are you passionate about? Share your opinion.  Is there an issue you want to champion or something you want to change? Stepping forward in a meaningful way engages others & starts a dialogue which can cut through the white noise of social media. Furthermore, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone will enhance your skill set and might even change the way that your work.
Go Analog
Networking is essential for a contractor. In our lives of hyper-connectivity we can become blaise about our online networks. Refresh how you think, try going analog. Digital recommendations fuel our perfectionism but there is much to be said for getting out there on the ground and having IRL interactions. Find events that interest you beyond your professional work. Have interesting conversations. Don’t necessarily look for your next client. Look for people who inspire you. They might become collaborators or catalysts to broaden your horizons.
Stay up to date with working innovation
We are already fluent in the ‘new way of working,’ but be sure to stay ahead of the curve. Utilize all the apps, platforms and software available to you to make yourself as agile, flexible, efficient and unrestricted as you can. Streamline your tax and expenses. Understand where you put your time. Manage and flow your projects and tasks. communicate easily and reliably with your clients. As a contractor, make yourself a speciality. You may end up introducing your clients to new systems and processes that mark you out not only as a brilliant contractor, but as an expert in the contracting field.
Also – you might like to take a read of How to Balance Life Situations as a Contractor to ensure you are balancing work and life to its optimum!The future for contractors is bright. Traditional companies are understanding the new ways of working are here to stay. As the hierarchy of the old company crumbles they are adapting to embrace a more open source model of working. This is future proofing the work, but it is also widening the pool as new contractors come to the table. What are some of the ways you can secure your future in this dynamic, expanding market?
Show Off
This is no time for hiding your light under a bushel. If you aren’t shouting your achievements from the roof-tops you are undermining your achievements.  It is easier now than ever to make a sophisticated website, to share your successes, or to find new communities on social media. You’re last contract can increase your income stream long after your last invoice, but only if you are using the work to capture new clients.
Develop your personal contractor brand
Raise your profile by stepping forward in industry and the wider community. Putting yourself out there will bring in new clients from beyond your current remit. Is there an event you speak at, a panel discussion you can join, a journal or magazine you can contribute too?

In developing your personal brand harness your authenticity. Reconnect with what fires you up in your industry, what are you passionate about? Share your opinion.  Is there an issue you want to champion or something you want to change? Stepping forward in a meaningful way engages others & starts a dialogue which can cut through the white noise of social media. Furthermore, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone will enhance your skill set and might even change the way that your work.
Go Analog
Networking is essential for a contractor. In our lives of hyper-connectivity we can become blaise about our online networks. Refresh how you think, try going analog. Digital recommendations fuel our perfectionism but there is much to be said for getting out there on the ground and having IRL interactions. Find events that interest you beyond your professional work. Have interesting conversations. Don’t necessarily look for your next client. Look for people who inspire you. They might become collaborators or catalysts to broaden your horizons.
Stay up to date with working innovation
We are already fluent in the ‘new way of working,’ but be sure to stay ahead of the curve. Utilize all the apps, platforms and software available to you to make yourself as agile, flexible, efficient and unrestricted as you can. Streamline your tax and expenses. Understand where you put your time. Manage and flow your projects and tasks. communicate easily and reliably with your clients. As a contractor, make yourself a speciality. You may end up introducing your clients to new systems and processes that mark you out not only as a brilliant contractor, but as an expert in the contracting field.
Also – you might like to take a read of How to Balance Life Situations as a Contractor to ensure you are balancing work and life to its optimum! 

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