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Whether you’re thinking of becoming a contractor or you’ve been one for a while, there’s a couple of things which you should know if you want to be successful.

In this blog post, Gorilla Accounting will be exploring 3 things which contractors should know in order to be successful.

There a couple of things you can do as a contractor to be more successful, whether it’s combatting the dreaded creative block or doing simple things like getting more social, it’s important to encourage a positive outlook on life.

Make Sure You’re Irreplaceable

Becoming a contractor has it challenges. One of which is the fact that so many people are now becoming contractors and as a result there is more competition for each role.

You need to guarantee that your end-client appreciates the work that you do. Once you’ve secured a job, you should do everything that you can to ensure that if needed, they come back to you. Repeat business and maintaining existing contacts will make sourcing your next role much easier.

As mentioned, with more people now getting into contracting, you should go the extra mile to stand out to your end-client and secure additional work in the future.

With contracting, you’re your own boss which means you’re in charge of your work load. Ensure your projects are delivered on time, and where possible, over deliver.

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

As a contractor, you’re probably all too familiar with your current routine. You’ve already established what you want to do and how long you want to do it for. With this in mind, you should make more of an effort to step outside of your comfort zone.

It’s essential to try new things in order to succeed as a contractor because you’re able to open up to new possibilities which could aid both your professional and personal life.

Explore new opportunities as much as possible. Networking events and other social events are one way that you could step out of your comfort zone. In addition, social events are a great way to meet new people and expand your current network.

You never know what opportunities could arise if you do things slightly different. By all means, things could be fine at the moment. But without trying new things you never know how they could positively impact your future.

Know When to Take a Break

Being self-employed, you’re running your own business. Regardless of how long you’ve been contracting for; you’ll understand that sometimes you just need a break.

It’s fine to take a break sometimes, although you may think otherwise, it should be encouraged to take a break every now and again.

Even if it’s a short break for 10 minutes, or a long break for 10 days, you shouldn’t over work yourself as the work you produce will suffer as a result.

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