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You might be a contractor if …

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So how do you know if your role is that of a consultant or a contractor?  Well here are some of the signs. 

  • If the last time you saw your boss in person was over your welcome cup of coffee, you might be a contractor.
    • If you bought your welcome cup of coffee, you are a contractor.
  • If you get the hand-me-down laptop, you might be a contractor.
    • If that laptop still runs Windows 98, you are a contractor.
  • If you’re the only one on your project, you might be a contractor.
    • If that project’s lasted over a year, you are a contractor.
  • If your project is in Nome, Alaska for the winter, you might be a contractor.
    • If your last project was summer in Phoenix, you are a contractor.
  • If you travel over 1,500 miles a week for a project, you might be a contractor.
    • If that includes a two hour layover each way, you are a contractor.
  • If you’re asked to create a 10-page project overview before your vacation, you might be a contractor.
    • If you’re asked to present it to management while on vacation, you are a contractor.
      • If you’re the only one on the conference line, your picture is in the dictionary next to the definition of contractor.
        • If you waited 10 minutes for others to join, seek professional help.

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3 Responses »

  1. Love your posting Marko! I guess by sign #5, I was a contractor in the early 2001. I flew back and forth between San Diego and DC every week. I’m glad I’m no longer a contractor and have the opportunity to live a consultant lifestyle.

  2. Thanks. My worst was four months between San Francisco and Atlanta with 5-8’s at the client site.

  3. Great posts Marko. My worst was Omaha for about 26-30 weeks in one year back in ’99. I was a hired gun for a vendor, so there is a lot of grey. On the plus side, it drove me to find a new job which landed me in the Documentum world and a chance to work with Johnny.

    -Pie

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