According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 40.4% of the U.S. workforce is now made of contingent workers. In an era that many experts are deeming “the gig economy,” people are taking control of their careers. If you’ve ever considered jumping on the contracting bandwagon, here are 4 reasons to convince yourself that you’ll love contract work:
Exercise Your Freedom
Working on a contract term allows you flexibility and freedom. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like to be tied down to one company or location, contract work is the perfect option. You can find contract opportunities of all kinds, from short-term to long-term or local to traveling.
Experience Varied Opportunities
Contract work allows you to “try on” different positions and specialties. You may think you know what industry and/or position you ultimately want out of a career; however, this is a great opportunity to try different options. For example, you may be surprised to find that you have a passion for IT in small mining communities, even though you previously dreamed of doing IT for a big software company.
Get Your Foot In The Door
In addition, contract work is a great way to “try before you buy.” It’s the perfect opportunity to get a feel for a company or a role that you are unsure of, while making contacts and connections within the industry. Sometimes contract jobs evolve into full-time offers, making it a great way to get your foot in the door.
Hone Your Expertise
Contract jobs give you the opportunity to really hone in on your expertise. Rather than working a full-time job that juggles multiple responsibilities, contract work often concentrates on a narrow specialty. And the more contracts you take, the more skilled you become at your craft. This makes your expertise in specific areas extremely valuable – and can be great leverage for future contract opportunities or even full-time positions.