In October 2019, I will have been an independent consultant and contractor for 9 years. This blows me away.
It's not been an easy 9 years, with my finger hovering over the "apply for benefits" button on one occasion because I hadn't been able to get work in for 6 months, and a couple of applications for permanent roles made, just because I couldn't see the light at the end of a long dark tunnel. I still say "never say never" to permanent roles, because if the right thing comes along, I would be silly to turn it down, but it's not my priority.
However, the positives have outweighed the negatives and I am SOOOOO glad I did it.
Being independent has enabled me to:
Will being independent work for you?
I'm a consultant, so I am legally obliged to answer with "it depends". You need to:
So these nearly 9 years have been challenging. They have been satisfying. They have been enlightening. Has it made me rich? Not financially. Emotionally? Yes.
If you have been a client, a colleague, a friend or my family, THANK YOU!