In Pictures: 15 tips for surviving - and thriving - as an IT contractor

Pundits are calling 2014 the year of the IT contractor. Here are 15 tips for setting up shop and making it stick.

Blending in without piping up Contractors walk a fine line. They need to connect with on-staff colleagues so they're included in brainstorming that happens outside formal meetings. But they can't act like full-time employees and take the liberties that staffers sometimes do -- like an occasional long lunch or taking sides in office disputes.

Dupè, the independent software developer, says he learned that lesson after working with a prickly manager. When higher-ups asked about the manager's performance, Dupè and another contractor gave their honest assessment while a third contractor declined to comment. The episode ended with the manager leaving the company -- along with Dupè and the contractor who spoke up. The freelancer who kept his mouth shut stayed on another year.

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