The temporary help industry employs nearly two million Americans on any given day. “Temping” is a multi-billion dollar industry. This is a great way to break into a company through the back door. Remember, employers hire from within first, so it’s a real advantage if you’re already there. There may not necessarily be a lot of firms hiring people on a full time basis with your specific skill set, but there are probably a lot of firms that can use someone like you right now for one day a week. Approach several of them to hire you for a day a week each.
Market yourself as a “Top gun for Hire”. Often an employer needs your expertise but not necessarily for a specific set number of hours each day. So you can bill them for the results or ideas you produce and not the time you spend working on their project.
A good rule of thumb on what to charge is 1.6 times your previous daily rate.
Try to get hired for full days not half days.
Ask the employer to provide parking.
If you’re working by the hour see if you have to take a lunch break or if you can work right through it and get paid instead or leave early.
Get paid weekly or bi-weekly at worst.
Invoice people every week.
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