Life as a Contractor Case Studies

Read all about the life experiences of contractors who have made the switch from permanent to contracting. Understand the challenges, obstacles, highs and lows of contracting.

If you would you like to share your experiences as a contractor submit your story to: newbusiness@sjdaccountancy.com (all contractor names and limited company names are changed unless you advise us otherwise).  

Check back regularly as we are always adding new stories. 

I spent several years contracting as a data analyst for some large London-based firms before turning my hand to running information sites for the contracting industry.

This article covers some of the situations and people you are likely to encounter as a first timer . . .

The main reason why I made the jump from a permie role into full-time contracting was the chance to at least double my earnings. The increased autonomy, freedom, and lack of office politics were all factors, but the main driver was financial reward.

Read all about tax, dividends and much more when taking money out of your limited company . . .

Even after more than 10 years of being a freelancer, the ability to go from bed to desk in all of about 15 seconds still never ceases to make me smile.

This case study compares the world of permie to going it alone as a Freelancer. Read Gill's story here. . .

There are two broad approaches to getting the best rates, and I follow them both. One involves chasing short-term revenue (because I need to eat), and the other focuses on long-term career building.

This article covers some of the dilemmas contractors face when negotiating the best rate for their contract. . .

Like moving banks or changing your energy supplier, changing your accountant may seem like a huge gamble and one which, you may think, requires months of meticulous planning. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Read how Malcolm, an IT Contractor in London, made the move and hasn't looked back since . . .

It is not hard to see the appeal of becoming a contractor, but as I and many contractors before and after me have found, things are not always as simple as they seem. So what are the realities of life as a contractor?

Read all about life as a contractor, money, skill development and how to sell yourself in your market. . .