This is Part 1 of 2 of 10 Mistakes To Avoid As A Contract Worker. Here are some of the most common mistakes that contractors make and how to avoid them in the next gig. Selling yourself short
Many contractors who don’t recognize the value of their own work or have limited knowledge of market rates for their services. By not having clarity on the role they will play and/or market rates, contractors have a difficult time establishing a competitive rate that reflects the impact of their contributions. A good starting point is to read the contractor job posting and engage with the gig recruiter or hiring manger to obtain clarity on the role, duration, type of assignment and expectations. To get insights on market rates, do your research to understand what the contractor will actually earn vs. third party fees that can be associated with a contractor assignment.
Biting off more than you can chew
When you are riding a big wave of projects and potential clients, it’s easy to get overambitious and agree to more work than you can realistically handle. Especially if you’ve just come out of a contract dry spell, it can be tempting to hoard