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.

What should you charge? All workers should know their worth, but that advice has more immediacy for contractors who face more frequent turnover and fewer, if any, positions with firmly established compensation. Dupè says he doesn't quote his rate based on titles because a client might say "junior programmer" but really expect a technical lead. Instead, he prices work based on what clients want him to do.

Dupè says all contractors should know their own financial figures before they enter into an agreement. Contractors starting out can determine market rates from job boards, friends in the industry and colleagues in their network. More senior contractors should articulate why they're worth what they're charging. As Dupè observes: "They'll pay what you convince them you're worth."

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