The Guide to It Contracting

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'The Guide to I.T. Contracting' is a complete guide to contracting for all I.T. contractors and anyone planning on entering this exciting and lucrative market. The book covers how to form a Limited Company, using an umbrella company, job hunting, interviewing, improving the chances of contract renewal, rate negotiation and rate setting, training and certification, tax minimisation, tax efficient investing, contracting abroad, contractor's etiquette, selecting a bank, selecting an accountant, buying insurance cover, buying a home as a contractor
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'The Guide to I.T. Contracting' is a complete guide to contracting for all I.T. contractors and anyone planning on entering this exciting and lucrative market. The book covers how to form a Limited Company, using an umbrella company, job hunting, interviewing, improving the chances of contract renewal, rate negotiation and rate setting, training and certification, tax minimisation, tax efficient investing, contracting abroad, contractor's etiquette, selecting a bank, selecting an accountant, buying insurance cover, buying a home as a contractor and much more. 'The Guide to I.T. Contracting' is specifically written for ambitious I.T. contractors, offers many insider 'secrets' and is full of useful and practical information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781905789047
  • Publisher: Blankson Enterprises Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

    More than IT

    The Guide to IT Contracting, written by Samuel Blankson, will allow anyone thinking about becoming an IT contractor to make a well informed decision. Specifically aimed at UK contractors, it paints an exhaustive portrait of the IT contracting world by giving numerous examples and providing detailed information. Contractors from outside UK will also find useful information in this guide. Mr Blankson covers not only the practical aspects of IT contracting, but also attitudes and beliefs necessary to be successful in this business or in any businesses, for that matter. Despite what its title indicates, this guide can be useful to anyone wanting to be successful in any type of contracting business.

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  • Posted October 28, 2008

    The Only IT Contracting Resource You Need

    If you are an IT professional looking to break out on your own, this book is for you. If you are an IT professional who left the 'permie' world long ago, there is plenty here for you as well. Divided into four primary sections, plus a bonus section on investing, Blankson's Guide to IT Contracting provides everything you need to not only enter the world of IT contracting, but to excel in it.<BR/><BR/>As with one entering the IT contracting field, Guide to IT Contracting progresses through the stages of establishing oneself as a successful IT contractor. It starts at the beginning, defining IT and the types of non-permanent work roles found in this field. While focused on IT contracting, Blankson's discussion of the types of IT roles provides a frank analysis of both the advantages and disadvantages of each. One of the things I found most interesting about this section was the history of IT contracting. Here, I gained a perspective and understanding of how this industry came to be the way it is today.<BR/><BR/>For those ready to take the plunge, or those already working as IT contractors, Blankson provides detailed information on the aspects of setting up and running an IT contracting business. Forming a company, banking, taxes, financial planning, and more are thoroughly discussed. But Blankson doesn't stop there. He also covers the intangible factors essential to a contractor's success. Hard work, determination, integrity, and humility are constantly interwoven as traits and approaches that all IT contractors must embody if they hope to succeed. <BR/><BR/>Particularly refreshing is Blankson's ability to provide thorough, even technical, details of IT contracting in a manner that is easy to understand without 'dumbing down' the information. This guide is intended for knowledgeable professionals, and Blankson treats his readers as such. In fact throughout this book, Blankson remains realistic about the potential challenges ¿ and rewards ¿ of IT contracting. At over 500 pages, the Guide to IT Contracting covers everything an IT professional needs to know and do to succeed in the world of IT contracting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2008

    Great resource

    Anyone currently working as or considering becoming an IT contractor should read this book. There is great advice for solving and even avoiding problems. Although written in the UK, much of the information in this book can be applied anywhere. It covers everything from setting up a business and finding work to planning for retirement and maintaining professionalism.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    A book you wouldn't want the competition to see...

    Samuel Blankson nails IT in his indispensable thought-provoking insightful guide. A seasoned author with over 20 titles, his Guide to IT Contracting is a concise, well-organized , effective book that will help you to prepare, educate yourself and take decisive action. In this ever-changing world, this book will guide you to avoid many common pitfalls, get insights into global market trends, help you to contract smartly and give you the edge. Invest in yourself: reading this book will pay off in real money, showing you how to win more contracts and where to save money, how to invest and negotiate as you start up your own IT business. Learn how to earn more money and time off than a permanent staff and still have job security. It is practical and easy to read, filled with concrete examples, tips, sample documentation and links to websites. Whether you are contemplating a move or a seasoned veteran in the business, this book will help you to focus on improving your service effectively in all areas to better serve your clients. More than an IT guide, it is the ultimate business guide! A book you wouldn¿t want to have the competition see¿ A book that is essential in this day and age!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2008

    An essential business reference

    The Guide to IT Contracting is a well written, in-depth book about everything you need to know about starting, growing, and sustaining an IT contracting business. It contains a thorough look at all aspects, including practical information, seen as common sense, but so often overlooked by entrepreneurs who work toward an ideal, based mainly on expertise in the field. The information is well organized and very readable. The essence of this book is a good foundation for the planning and start of any business. The author uncovers many unforeseen facets of starting and continuing a successful business. It is as valuable as an on-site mentor who emphasizes professionalism and quality service. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has thought about working as an independent contractor. Consultants could improve their services with this book as a guide. The clear advice and insight that the author offers can stimulate the pursuit of your interest, and detail the pitfalls that might be avoided. The section on ¿Investment for Financial Freedom¿ is an important part of self-employment, and adds further value to this total business picture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    A thoroughly complete IT guide!

    The Guide to IT Contracting is perhaps the most thorough IT guide I have had the privilege of reading for contracting as well as optimizing my potential business growth. This guide provides a detailed stepping stone through the various stages in the industry from the beginning, including a brief history of IT contracting, tackling the legal issues and even office etiquette. It provides generous detail on banking and internet business in the industry as well proper presentation. This is a must read for the enthusiastic IT business professional!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    One of the best books on IT Contracting

    One of the better, if not the best, book I've gotten my hands on about IT Contracting! Refreshing in its common sense discussion of what can be a highly technical area, this book offers valuable insight for everyone from the beginning Contractor to the seasoned veteran looking to gain a bit of an added edge on the competition. The Guide to IT Contracting also has profit for someone who is not at all involved in the IT Contracting field. It is worth the purchase price simply for the incredibly helpful discussion on handling money well. An excellent read that I would highly recommend! Michael

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    Guide to IT Contracting

    For anyone who has thoughts of becoming an IT contractor, reading this book is essential. Samuel Blankson has set out everything you could possibly want or need to know about this type of work, in a simple, easily understood format. While the financial/tax information relates to the UK, readers from other countries would have no problem translating this information to their own currencies and regulations. Although the book is directed at IT contracting, information such as interview techniques, office politics, and financial concerns, would be extremely useful to those looking for work of any type.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    A Good Read for Anyone Starting Out in IT

    The Guide to IT Contracting is a comprehensive approach to everything an IT contractor needs to know to be successful. The English-English language will occasionally sound unusual to the American reader, and the author has a stronger focus on English tax laws then American, however he presents his information to show how the basic strategies offered can apply in any country. The stream-of-conscious writing is easy to read and follow. A more thorough editing to correct mistypes would offer slight improvement to an otherwise impressive work. All in all, a book well worth the readers time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    A Must Have for Everyone Considering an IT Career

    IT is one of the strongest growing fields in the workforce today and shows no sign of slowing. This book gives you all the information you need to get started in this exciting field with detailed breakdowns of all of the elements you need to know to be an expert. Regardless of your current skill set and knowledge on the subject you will find information that will benefit you in your chosen career. For independent IT contractors this book is a must and it covers every aspect from legal regulations and tax laws to handling yourself in corporate situations. While the legalities and tax information lean heavily to British law even that information will help people from any country in knowing what to look for in their own legal systems and tax laws in order to be effective and prosperous in this lucrative career. This book can be very helpful to businesses looking to hire independent contractors for IT work as well. That is an even newer field than IT work itself and many business people who are experienced in the efforts of hiring employees feel out of their element when contracting people to work on a contract basis. This book is a great guideline to the many aspects their contractors will deal with and why they desire certain aspects that may seem foreign to corporate individuals unused to dealing with independent contractors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    The Ultimate UK Guide to IT Contracting

    In his book, The Guide to IT Contracting, Samuel Blankton informs the reader on how to become an IT Contractor. He gives them information to help determine if they would be a good contractor, he provides instructions on how to setup their business and ensuring they know how to acquire benefits for their employees, how to acquire and maintain business and even goes so far as to advise the reader on how to handle their money. The book is easy to follow and can be understood by non-IT readers. He has done a wonderful job of writing an in-depth process on how to get an IT business up and running and keeping it that way. He gives the reader every tidbit of information they need and then some.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    One Guide Covers It All

    'The Guide to IT Contracting' is a must-have for anyone with an interest in the IT contracting world, and then some. Covering pretty much everything you need to know about being an IT contractor, Samuel Blankson has created a guide that will outshine any other of its kind. Not only does he explain exactly what to expect once you enter the field, Blankson then continues to coach you on how to make the most of it. Samuel Blankson has written an IT Contracting Bible that, even when you're successful and completely satisfied with your IT contracting career, you will keep with you to read over and challenge yourself to improve. Blankson knows what he's writing about, and 'The Guide to IT Contracting' will bring you through many doubts or problems that you may encounter, in or out of the world of technology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    A Rewarding Book

    ¿The Guide to I.T. Contracting¿ is indisputably a must-have if you are thinking of becoming a contractor if you have already entered the field, this comprehensive book will make sure that you get all the personal and financial rewards available to you. There is an handful of books for contractors on the market let alone I.T contractors so you have got 2 solutions: you can trawl the net for hours to try to find an answer, or get this practical guide-book in which you will find all you need to know. Samuel Blankson has years of experience in this competitive field, his book is divided his into 4 logical, well thought steps: Installation and set up: I.T or not this section discusses all you need to be a successful contractor, consultant or temporary worker from working with accountants to tax planning via health and pension plans but not all is about numbers, the author looks at the importance of reputation, networking and attitude. Maintenance and fine tuning consolidates and expand on the topics once you are up and running, this section also helps you to look at your money in a productive way. Patching and training contains chapter on CVs, interviews and the I.T. specialist's Nemesis : ¿rapid changes and how to keep up¿. Philosophy and psychology: the author offers guidance on more empiric but certainly equally important subjects such as office etiquette, offshore and foreign contract etc... I can't think of any question which is not answered by this very comprehensive book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    The 'Bible' for IT Contracting

    Samuel Blankson¿s expansive work `The Guide to IT Contracting¿ will surely become the Bible for all IT Contractors. IT Contractors from novice to expert will find `The Guide to IT Contracting¿ fully informative, from preparing for the interview all the way to investing the profits of success. IT Contractors will be confident and competent after reading Blankson¿s `The Guide to IT Contracting¿¿it is sure to be a career long reference book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Extensive IT Guide

    If you are in the IT contracting field or thinking about entering it, this is a must-have guide for all you need to know. I appreciated the straight talk and down to earth reasoning that Mr. Blankson brings. When you are in business for yourself there are many things that you learn over the years that you wish someone would have told you right away. These 'lessons' can cost time and money. Save yourself both- buy this book and read it. It is a detailed resource that you can go back to again and again. He deals with everything from your resume, to how to deal with people at the places you go to work. This book is geared for the UK market, but there is still more than enough useful information for people elsewhere. He also includes a bonus chapter on investing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2008

    An Essential For All IT Professionals

    This is a book that can be used by all not only the It Professional looking for contract work but also employers who are looking to hire It contractors. Though over 500 pages may be a bit daunting it is well worth it and not an overly difficult read. Blankson breaks the subject down into 4 sections and each one is complete and consise The first section is Installation and Setup. It is a step by step to those just considering or starting out in contract work. There is nothing the first section leaves out. It talks about the advantages and disadvantages of working as a contractor. This is something that many people don't think about and really need to consider when taking this path. The second section Maintenance and Fine Tuning goes into great detail on the things an established contractor needs to be aware of. Some of the sujects discussed are the need for an accountant, taxes and your future. It's important that you realize it is like you are running your own business. All those behind the scene things that need done at a business need done with your contracting business Patching and Training section three is essential on just how you are going to acquire a contractiong job. You are marketing yourself to prospective employers and you need to know what they are going to be looking for. What to expect in interviews and how you should present yourself is needed whether you are trying to procure a contracting position or any job for that matter. Section four Philosophy and Psychology wrap up the book by discussing the personal side of any job not just contracting. Interacting with employers coworkers and other contractors. How you conduct yourself on any job can make the difference whether you are asked to return for another project or not and this section covers many situations that can come up on the job. Although I do not do contract work in the IT field, I found 'The Guide to IT Contracting' to be informative for anyone in the IT field. Many of the tips it gave are just as important in a permanent position as a contracting position. I think this should be a handbook for all IT professionals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2008

    The Must Have Guide to IT Contracting

    Breaking into the world of IT Contracting is not an easy feat, but with Samuel Blankson¿s Guide to IT Contracting it all seems that little bit easier. The manual breaks down all aspects of IT Contracting, from drafting contracts and writing your CV, to improving your IT market value and securing your future. At first I found the sheer volume of the manual daunting, but Blankson lays the information out in a way that is both informative and engaging, in an easy to read manner, optimising the reader¿s understanding and enjoyment. I found Blankson¿s financial guide particularly useful, as it is one thing to set yourself up as a professional in the IT Contracting domain, yet it is another thing to ensure that the work you are doing will benefit you financially in the future. Not only does Blankson provide a smart guide to IT Contracting, but also a smart guide to protecting your future. The Guide to IT Contracting is not for the fainthearted, it is a sharp, well structured manual for students or professionals who are serious about a career in contracting. Blankson is to be praised for his attention to detail, for me, this manual is a must-have and buying it should be the first step all IT Contractors take when even considering entering the into the field of IT Contracting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2008

    All You Need To Know!

    The Guide to IT Contracting by Samuel Blankson covers EVERYTHING that you need to know about this industry. Whether you are thinking of entering the IT contracting field, are new in the business or are an old hand, this book is a vital resource. Blankson, in his usual methodical manner, starts with the basics and builds on this foundation layer by layer. He has done a huge amount of research, and has produced a book that is both anecdotal and technical in content. For example, the section on Office Etiquette is a gem ¿ anyone who has ever worked in an office will be able to identify with his observations! With his effortless, easygoing style, Blankson has written a book that I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone who has an interest in this topic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW AND LEARN ABOUT IT CONTRACTING

    My partner and I were about to start our own business and a friend recommended that we get this book. And what a great advice that turned out to be. This book has a lot of practical advice written in a plain logical manner, for easy understanding and referencing. From the first page to the last, Samuel Blankson 'The Guide to IT Contracting' is a winner. With meticulous insight into every area of the IT contracting business world, this book is the bible for both beginners and seasoned players. It is a definite must have for any aspiring or seasoned IT contractor. It is well worth every penny and I would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2008

    Everything you need to know from A to Z!!!

    This book is a complete A to Z guide for IT contracting! Blankson has created a wonderful guide that is perfect for beginners or experienced IT professionals. The nature of the material is, of course, technical, but is presented in clear and straightforward language. This book is a ¿MUST¿ for anyone who is interested in IT Contracting. A great book!!!

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