Leveraging your expertise, skills, abilities, certifications, and professional and academic training to offer professional services is typically referred to as independent contracting. Working as an independent contractor is a great way to earn a living or to make extra income. Many people choose independent contracting as their full-time career because they have the autonomy to establish their own way of working. Independent contractors do not need work authorization or a Social Security Number (SSN). As an independent contractor, you own your own business and are considered self-employed.
Here are some examples of independent contracting professional services:
- Computer Programming
- Graphic Design
- Real estate
- Website Design
- Writing and editing
The ability to provide these services requires experience, passion, and in some instances, licensing or educational attainment.
Here are some helpful tips to get you started as an independent contractor:
- Make sure that the work you want to do follows the independent contractor IRS and state guidelines.
- Know the legal aspects of working as a contractor.
- Research similar types of work so you know the standard rate for your services.
- Promote yourself via social media platforms.
- Get active in your local business community to meet prospective clients
- Get familiar with writing contracts and make sure you sign a contract with every client.