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If you’re already a contractor or you’re looking to get into contracting, it’s important to consider different factors which could affect your career. With constant changes within the contractor industry,it’s essential that you devise a plan that works for you in order to succeed.

In this blog post, Gorilla Accounting will take a look at three factors you should consider in 2017.


Regardless of your current working situation, planning should be top priority around this time of year. If you’re a contractor, you are responsible for all the work that comes in over the next 12 months and as a result, you should ensure that you are well prepared for any issues that may arise.

Likewise, if you are looking to get into contracting, planning will be essential should you want to succeed as a contractor in 2017.

Outline any goals that you may have for the next 12 months, then establish how you will meet those goals and how long it will take. Break down each goal as much as possible so you can identify what you need to do. Factor in anything that may hold you back from meeting your goals, such lack of knowledge. If you do this, you will then be able to come up with a solution to your problem before it arises.

Expand Your Skill Set

Once you’ve outlined your goals, it’s important to push yourself even if you know you will meet them comfortably. Use the next 12 months to develop your own skill set in order to become even better at what you do. If you’re a contractor or you’re considering contracting, you will be confident in your own skill set but there is no harm in improving your current skill set.

With the contracting industry becoming more competitive you should consider that there may be someone who can do your job better than you. With this in mind, it’s important to keep ahead of the competition.

Establish & Maintain Connections

The start of the year is a perfect time to establish and maintain connections. You should make a conscious effort to reach out to any people that you have previously worked with and express your enthusiasm to work together throughout 2017.

If you’re looking to get into contracting, this should be a priority. Ensure that you reach out to any previous employers to inform them of your decision to start contracting. This may lead to your first client which would be perfect if you have never done contracting before and you’re looking for your first client.

If you are looking to get into contracting or you’re looking for any guidance, make sure to get in touch with Gorilla Accounting. You can call us on 0330 026 0406, alternatively you can email us on and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.