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Is Consulting The Gig For You?

Is Consulting The Gig For You?

Doug Berg

Thinking of heading into IT consulting? Then you don’t want to miss the insight and advice from Doug Berg who started two companies, techies.com, an online job board and training center for tech professionals, and also HotGigs , a company that brings consultants together with the staffing firms that recruit them and the companies that hire them. He’s worked with job candidates and consultants for many years, serving as a consultant, an employee, a hiring manager and I’ve managed contract workers.

If you’ve been an employee for most of your life, cutting the umbilical cord and striking out on your own can be a scary thought. But if you do it right—and especially if you learn to manage yourself like a business—it can be one of the most rewarding professional moves you’ll ever make.

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Hi. I’m Doug Berg, and I’ve been working with job candidates and consultants for many years. I’ve been a consultant, an employee, a hiring manager and I’ve managed contract workers. Along the way I’ve also started two companies, techies.com, an online job board and training center for tech professionals, and now HotGigs, a company that brings consultants together with the staffing firms that recruit them and the companies that hire them.

I’m particularly interested in consultants, whether they’re called contingent workers, independent contractors or free agents. The number of consultants in the US is growing by more than 10% each year and that growth is accelerating. That’s because companies, especially those in highly skilled areas such as information technology, healthcare, engineering and finance, are increasingly relying on a hybrid workforce of employees and contractors.

There are a lot of pluses in consulting: You choose the most interesting (or lucrative) assignments, you control how much you work, and you have more control over your income.

You overcome the minuses—the need to market yourself, uncertainty over your next assignment, self-employment “tax,” managing your own benefits—with careful planning and business management. That’s where we can help.

This blog is all about being a successful consultant. We’ll talk about whether or not consulting is the right move for you and how to get into consulting once you’ve made that decision. We’ll discuss how to land new clients, where to go to find health insurance and retirement benefits, how to ensure that you keep working and keep you up to date on the latest trends.

We welcome your comments, questions, problems and solutions about the world of contracting. We’ve gathered some of the best experts in consulting to provide answers, and we’ll add your insights to the mix.

So…welcome! Let’s get started.

Doug

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