I wrote yesterday about the rise of contract jobs. Brian Mennecke, a management information systems professor at Iowa State University, predicts that technology will further boost the use of contractors because physical location no longer poses a constraint.
And analyst firm Foote Partners' namesake and CEO David Foote says of increased use of consultants, contractors and managed services:
... It's part of a systemic transformation of the IT service delivery models. Market volatility in skills and jobs will be the new standard in market behavior for years to come in our opinion.
The New York Times reported in mid-December that more than a quarter of the 1.17 million private-sector jobs added in 2010 were temporary positions.
So if becoming a free agent is or could be the norm, we'd better learn how to survive in that realm. Peter Shankman offers some good advice in a blog post entitled, "How to Get Paid What You're Worth." Shankman describes himself as "social media entrepreneur, angel investor, CEO, speaker, consultant and adventurist."
Among his tips:
Figure out how much your time is worth. It might change from client to client, but do the math.
Those leaving comments had some good advice as well:
Do you have advice for getting paid what you're worth? Please share in the comments below.