There are many unique business opportunities available nowadays thanks to the internet. Word of mouth can spread incredibly fast if you’re a legitimate and honest service, and you can generally charge whatever you want as long as people feel that it’s a good value for your services and products.

One way to make a bit of extra income on the side or even turn into a fully-fledged business is to start up your very own contracting business. This is a fantastic way to put your existing DIY knowledge to use, to learn new skills or even to get started on a new career path. So in this article, we’re going to talk about the pros and cons of the contracting business and what you need to consider before starting one up.

There are a lot of legal considerations to keep in mind

Between establishing your company officially, setting up employee contracts or obtaining your contractors license, there are a lot of legal considerations to keep in mind in order to keep your company legitimate. If you avoid these obligations then there’s a good chance that your company will be taken down or even be made to pay fines to the authorities. This can vary from state to state or even country to country, so make sure you keep these rules in mind and abide by them.

Hiring and managing employees can be difficult

Unless you plan to work on your own the entire time, you’re going to need to hire and manage employees. If you’ve never worked as a team leader before or had to manage employees then this can be quite a challenge. You need to worry a lot about your employees such as their wellbeing, their pay and also their skills and if they meet your standards. You also need to pay them a regular salary so if you’re not pulling in enough work to actually make it worthwhile, you’re going to need to rely on subcontracting in order to pull off larger jobs.

Landing a contract requires more than just waiting around

Don’t just assume that the contracts and job offers are just going to roll in as soon as you start up your website or register your company. You need to be actively trying to get customers by marketing your services, pitching ideas towards larger companies and growing your online presence. You need to surround yourself with contacts in the business and network with as many companies as possible to increase your chances of finding work. It’s tough and can often leave you exhausted with no jobs, but it’s necessary to find work.

Starting up your own business is a huge undertaking in itself, but becoming successful and finding enough work to sustain a career as a self-employed contractor can be even more challenging on top of the existing concerns. However, if you manage to pull through, it can be a fantastic way to turn your existing DIY knowledge and skills into a profitable business venture.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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