There’s a few stink things about being a contractor, time of year is certainly one.
If you’re unlucky enough to have a contract that ends from October onwards you could well be out of work until February. You could list a whole number of reasons why this happens, and it’s usually the entire list occurring all at the same time. What’s awful is that this quiet time is affecting peoples livelihoods.
Wellington starts moving again at a snails pace in the second week of January, but you really need to wait until after Wellington Anniversary weekend for walking pace and it’s not until Waitangi Day when everyone’s back up to running speed.
What does this mean for you, the contractor?
- It’s anniversary weekend now. Call your trusted contacts and tell them you’re motivated and available.
- Be good at what you do so hopefully you have a steady stream of work and don’t have to beg and/or take on work you’re not particularly interested in
- Keep your finger well on the pulse of your current project. Know when your work will actually end so you can know when to spread the word about your availability
- Make sure your CV is always current, accurate and well presented. Get some advice if it’s been more than a year since you really gave it the once over.
- Keep that nest egg well stocked and have a back up plan should you find yourself without work for up to 5 months
Maybe you could extend your network and skills by attending networking events like the one I’m organising – Wellington’s all about BI (if I can’t plug this in my own blog post I don’t know where!)
Think outside the square and good luck!