People who classify themselves as life coaches and advisors to the entrepreneur frequently recommend that it's not a good idea to "go it alone." Self-employed individuals and many independent contractors may indeed classify themselves as loners, those who blaze a trail for themselves, but it’s nevertheless important to have advisors to whom you can turn.
This type of approach is relatively new in the world of the contractor, but it’s gaining increasing foothold. At one time it would have been a rather strange idea to consider having a representative or advisor. Today, however, we're seeing that it can be highly beneficial.
Independent contractors are by definition specialists in their field. They are working independently because they feel they have more to give this way, quite apart from the fact that they can earn more money and lead an enhanced lifestyle. They will have a sharply defined skill set and will need to focus on providing their services and making sure that they're always on top of their game. Consequently, they will find that this takes up a lot of their time and they could be forgiven for looking inwardly if they focus on this delivery. Yet are they doing themselves justice by taking this approach?
Professional Representation Network suggests that this isn’t the best way to approach your life and future as an independent contractor. The organisation understands that people can be specialists and may not feel as if negotiation is a "forte." They may feel as if they’re like a fish out of water when it comes to talking about financial issues and planning, for example. That's where a professional representative comes in very handy indeed.
Independent contractors may have a strong sense of direction and feel the need to go it alone. This might serve them very well when it comes to their particular field of choice, but it's not necessarily going to serve them well when it comes to all the other issues that they need to consider. If they’re not strongly versed in the art of negotiation then they may not be able to attract the very best contract the next time around. They may well be able to agree details with the employer, but are they sure that they’ve got the best end of the deal? This is a question that must be asked today if, as an independent contractor, you’re going to make the most of your career aspirations. Even the most stubborn contractors must attempt to get professional help and a support network is going to help them be as successful as possible.
If we want to take a leaf from the book of the most successful people in the world, we will always see that they surround themselves with trusted advisors. They may have several different advisors in several different areas and they very rarely take any important decisions without consulting accordingly. The independent contractor should try and replicate this approach. It's important to have a professional representative in their corner when it comes to so many different aspects of their lives.