Here are three of them:
- Make networking a priority. In the survey, 82 percent of respondents said that word-of-mouth was the main way they received work income. The women said 57 percent of their contract assignments came from former employers.
- Have a specialty. A striking 90 percent of respondents said that having relevant technical skills and a specialty within the industry help them land more contracts.
- Be very self-motivated. Over 90 percent of respondents said that in order to succeed as an independent contractor, you must be a self-starter, self-motivated and be able to cope with an unpredictable revenue stream. Many of them have been successful at it for 9+ years and said doing so gets easier with time.
J.T. O'Donnell is a career and workplace expert who founded the top-ranked career advice site, CAREEREALISM.com. In 2009, she launched CareerHMO, the first on-line career care membership site which specializes in curing chronic career pain.
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