As a contractor I usually start the negotiations for my contract, 4 weeks prior to the end of a contract. Very few potential clients would even entertain my CV if I was not immediately available. This is the game of being a contractor.
My contract finishes in two days time.
I am pleased to say that my contract has finally been extended, with just hours remaining. I know I am working for a large client, with many contractors and I report into a very busy Project Management Office, but this is cutting it fine.
I really enjoy the challenge of the role I am currently performing, I enjoy the team I am working with and the technology that we will be implementing as it is new. I feel I am learning each and every day and pushing boundaries to excel. I love a challenge and have previously left contracts when the work is simply not there. I would prefer to be on the golf course, or spending time with my children or taking my Wife out to lunch more than not being effective and busy, making a difference for a company.
I am a contractor for many reasons, but the main reason is that I have the freedom to move companies as my contract ends. There is no hard feelings or notice period, as a contract is a contract. I like to be challenged and if I am not, then I usually leave.
I like the feeling that it is only me that can control where my career goes next. Once I completed my degree, I wanted to work on the help desk to get an overall feel of a company and how it works. After 6 months I was headhunted and became an EMEA wide database administrator, which introduced me to Lotus Notes. I worked here for one year with many contractors and consultants and decided that was what I wanted to do, so I left and went contracting. You can only do this with self belief. I have been a consultant ever since, with a short 3 year permanent position, for a little added security when my Wife fell pregnant with our first child.
People wonder how I can be so relaxed about not having a job in 2 days, but it is just the life of a contractor.