Janet Ruhl's book The Computer Consultant's Guide is apparently recommended.
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Kochanski who is considering similar to what I am...
I am looking into striking out on my own as a contract employee or consultant. My biggest questions are:
Should I be a S Corporation or an LLC?
Where can I learn more about what can be expensed or written off?
Any good books?
Any good web sites?
I have been asking friends for leads for a lawyer and a CPA, but I need knowledge to talk with these folks too.
I work for a Big 6 now, and am in SAP, so lining up work is not a problem. I just want to learn more about what I am about to get into before I jump in.
This uses sufficiently non-conformant HTML that it causes various web browsers to crash on me when I try to access information. Netscape and Mosaic both have severe problems when reading the info...
I used Lynx to ferret out the subpages:
.... sounds a bit more reasonable than the **** who told me that the client wanted a 'great, heads-down, run-with-the-ball coder who was a real Team Player...' the following interchange ensued:
" Me: 'Hmmm... that is kind of like asking for someone with all the fierce, searing insight of the True Introvert... but he has to be good with people, too!'"
" Him: 'Uhhhh, yeah... so, can you do it?'"
GoingWare's Back of Programming Tricks , consisting of a very nice set of suggestions as to how to market yourself as a programmer/consultant.
Being "on 24 hour call" costs 50% of the usual hourly rate, but devolving to "full rate" if one gets paged...
Minimum 1 hour billing as soon as one gets paged, up to time taken including travel time.
After having 35% of our oncall staff leave, our company made the following decision:
Month-end Financial Close
Employees can trade the $200 for one full day off (paid) but must take it within 21 days of being on-call.
Contractors get the flat rate plus two hour minimum per call.
2nd On-Call is a backup position only and is called if 1st is unreachable or swamped. Almost never gets called.
Interestingly note: Non-month-end oncall activity is almost nil. The main complaint wasn't the night work but having to be available to answer the questions or fix the abends.