Tips and Tricks for Independent Contracting

With companies beginning to demand a return to the office, more and more folks are considering becoming independent remote contractors for hire. But independent contracting in the tech world has gotten a bit more complicated in recent years. While there is more demand than ever for software, keeping in touch with your contacts and getting in front of new clients is a bit tricky when you can’t leave your house for almost two years. How do we cope with these new realities?

Now more than ever, it’s critical to keep up with your contacts in any way you can. To expand your network. To make yourself as valuable as possible to the teams you join. To make sure that anyone who works with you wants to work with you again.

  • In this talk, we’ll discuss:
  • The value of being a solid team member.
  • Meeting people more than half way when needed
  • Being committed without losing your independence and sanity
  • Learning the value of compromise
  • Listening
  • Having strong opinions but an open mind
  • How to negotiate fair compensation for yourself, so you can weather the downtimes.
  • How to keep your eyes open for more opportunities, without over committing yourself.
  • How to weigh the value of one opportunity over another, so you don’t find yourself under employed at the wrong times.
  • How to be on the short list for folks who are often looking for extra hands.
  • When to consider taking on a full time position, or joining a team more formally as they grow and begin hiring internally.

While the world wide markets are slowly starting to get back to normal, the pandemic is far from over, and the side effects will be long lasting. Learning how to adapt to these changes is critical if you wish to be successful as an independent contractor.


Session info:

Speaker: Joe Cieplinski

Independent designer at Joe Cieplinski

Date: 24 June 2022

Time: 09:50 - 10:40

Relevant tags:
Inspiration Soft skills

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