Should I become a consultant?
September 12, 2010 6:51 PM Subscribe
Should I become a consultant? Please help me decide! Please let me know where I can find more information. I am really clueless about legal aspects of consulting.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am fortunate enough to work and have experience in a very specialized field. Will leave details out for privacy's sake, but let's say it has to do with software development. Fairly often I get people asking me to work for them in any capacity, part time, full time, contracting, etc. Right now I have a full time job in the aforementioned field.
However, it's not exactly what I want from life. It's not in the right industry. I cannot find jobs in the industry I want in the area I live, and moving is not an option right now.
I feel my career path is stagnating. I was thinking about slowly edging towards the industry I want to be in by doing consultant work from home instead of looking to move somewhere. I don't really like the corporate world anyway.
I would like to be able to continue to work for my current employer as a consultant, as well as for other companies in the area as needed. At the same time, I would try to find remote gigs in the industry I want in, leveraging my programming experience and work experience in said industry. I also feel that being independent is a necessary step to starting my own firm. And making the big bucks. Because I want to make the big bucks...and I'm not that young anymore.
Cost of living here is pretty high. No savings so to speak of right now. Single.
Has the Obama administration done anything to make health insurance cheaper for self-employed individuals? Are there government incentives, loans, I can take for starting a consulting business?
Should I even be thinking about this in the current economic climate?