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    Contractor (independant?) How to?

    Good day

    I would like to know how one can work as an independent contractor?

    The set of rules and structures in place at my work delibaretly
    prevents one from getting the most out of yourself and the environment.

    I am qualified as a IT technician, (did mcse but would like to do IT technician work) Or work with clients by giving them assistance. Not neccesarily IT.

    Have excellent customer service skills and am good at determining/interpreting
    where the problem lies when clients try to explain.

    Any ideas on this would be much appreciated.

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    Are you hoping to be an independant contractor to your current employer?
    Or are there bigger plans?
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Hi Dave

    Thanks for your reply

    The Ideal situation would be to start my own PC repair business.
    If not work independently for various companies if possible.

    Startup Fees to advertise properly is usually the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John1 View Post
    Startup Fees to advertise properly is usually the problem.
    And enough money to live off until your business is making enough to pay you a reasonable salary.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    lol indeed that as well, but i'm constantly thinking, i cannot be bound to
    single minded visions, structures in place at work that is pushed from higher above, there must be something better out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John1 View Post
    there must be something better out there.
    It depends on your pay. Clients can be a lot harsher "employers" than most employers, and lots of people end up earning less pay in their own business than their earning potential as employees elsewhere.

    But then some people make more - lot's more. And that's one of the dreams, right? That and "freedom." The bad news is it's quite easy to end up a slave to your own business too

    Starting out on your own is quite a leap of faith. If you can queue up some business before the jump, do it part time to build up a bit of a following, or have capital to cover the first 6 months it's less stressful. But even then...

    Still, something everyone should try at least once in their lives. Only one way to know if you're made of the right stuff

    Just don't burn any bridges on your way out of the boss's office.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Thanks for the advice Dave

    Today i'm not to motivated to go for it.

    And to be a slave to your own business doesn't sound to inspiring.
    I have however left the company where i'm at and left no bridge burned.
    In fact i got a brilliant refferal letter from them.

    So glad i left there.


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    Well, my goal wasn't to talk you out of it, just to realise it isn't all honey and roses. So I'll feel no guilt
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Yes not at all don't feel any guilt.

    Thanks for you opinion. One does not want to go into something like this blinded.

    I just don't have what i need to do this at this stage. I am qualified in a few areas so i can change my job, keeps it interesting so thats what i'm aiming at doing next.


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