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How Do I Become a Contract Worker?

A contract worker typically has to sign documentation to begin a project with the hiring party.
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  • Written By: A. Rohlandt
  • Edited By: Susan Barwick
  • Last Modified Date: 05 November 2014
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There are no special qualifications needed to become a contract worker, but you should have qualifications or skills that enable you to provide a service. Contract workers work in almost every field, are considered self-employed, and are responsible for their own taxes. If you want to become a contract worker, you should find ways to advertise the services you offer and actively seek out contracts. Some contractors are required to fill out relevant paperwork for tax purposes and to sign agreements, so it is best to familiarize yourself with these procedures.

In order to become a contract worker, you need marketable skills or qualifications that enable you to provide a service to another individual or company. Most potential clients look for contractors who have experience or qualifications that are relevant to the contract they are applying for. Good references can also be helpful in landing contract positions.

Some of the most common contract positions include administrative support such as secretaries, personal assistants, and data entry operators. Other professionals such as web designers, computer programmers, and accountants also offer their services on a freelance basis. Builders, carpenters, electricians, and plumbers can also take on contract work.

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Contract workers are self-employed, and the duration of each contracts varies. In most cases, contract workers are compensated per project or on a per-hour basis and do not qualify for benefits. Most self-employed individuals are responsible for their own workload and usually have to seek out contracts on a continual basis to earn a full time income.

If you want to become a contract worker, you will be responsible for your own taxes as well. Most employees have taxes deducted from their salaries, but if you are self-employed you have to calculate your own taxes and make the payments yourself. Tax regulations will vary depending on your country of residence, so it is best to look into the implications before accepting contract work.

Self promotion is an important part of being self-employed. Contractors have to market themselves and the services they offer. Local newspapers are an option for those who are in a practical line of work. Some services can be delivered via the Internet or from home. In these situations, freelancing web sites can be a valuable resource.

As a contract worker, you will most likely have to sign documentation once a project commences. Most of these agreements cover your obligations towards the company and vice versa. Tax forms are sometimes required. In the US, for example, you will need to fill out a W9, if you are US based, or a W8, if you are abroad and delivering services to a US company.

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