Contractors Are Good for Business

Are you scared of telecommuting or working remotely? Do you fear your absence from the office makes you look like an unambitious slacker? Check out Gary Swart’s op-ed piece on Earthweb, where he makes a good case for remote work.

There has been a lot of debate over freelancers within IT departments (and their role in other fields, as well) – but there’s a lot of value to be gained in remote work, both as a resource and as a career choice.

Remote WorkerYou know what the benefits of a flexible schedule can do for you, but here are some reminders of how bringing in freelance or contracted help can serve the organization as well. When you approach your manager for a flexible, or even freelance, schedule, use Swart’s ideas: 

  • "By rethinking processes and exploring opportunities, companies can give themselves the necessary resources to keep innovating through troubling times."
  • "Building remote teams provides IT managers a flexible answer to maintaining cost-effective IT staffing."
  • "By controlling the size and skill level of the work force based on the ebb and flow of assignment needs, managers trim costs and remove the HR-related issues of in-house employees."
  • "Remote freelancers bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that may not be available in the immediate local area. By opening the position to remote workers, talent worldwide gains the opportunity to bring skills to your organization."
  • "By selecting freelancers wisely, companies gain flexible access to qualified, specialized talent located anywhere in the world and a reprieve from tightening budgets and ever-constrained resources – while providing workers the ability to work from anywhere in the world and build valuable work experience."

— Don Willmott

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One Response to “Contractors Are Good for Business”

August 08, 2009 at 6:01 am, Stormy said:

I left fulltime employment after working many years for a small IT services company. I found I was working long hours, helping a CEO get his company out of the red and into the black, but little appreciated and greatly underpaid. After 8 years, I left after the management wanted to stick me under an offshored developer. Very frustrating.

So I left and did not look back. After I left, I immediately started my own company and consulting LLC as well as software company. I now make about 30k more a year, have more job security, much more respect, less stress, and the power and freedom to chart my course in IT. I get plenty of offers and work, and find there is more IT work in the US for experienced IT people than I ever dreamed. So many people are saying offshoring is taking over, but I find there is so much demand for talent in the US in IT, that there will always be opportunities as a consultant.

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