There are many benefits to being a consultant or an independent contractor, but there are some disadvantages as well. Before you decide how to approach your career you will need to weigh the pros and cons -- and make sure that your choice is the right direction for your career.
As a professional consultant recruiter for over 20 years, I am a firm believer that people assume the traditional job market is the only catalyst for career growth and satisfaction. But, have you ever thought about the differences between being a consultant and being a contractor? Whether you have thought about it or not, it is important to understand the differences between the two roles.
There are three main questions I believe you should consider in determining which role is right for you:
- Do you understand the differences?
- How will you be engaged?
- Do the opportunities align with your brand, and allow you to take the next step in your career?