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How I became rich as an IT Contractor

By Ashley Carron Subscribe to RSS | February 14th 2012 | Views:

I set my plan out early and so didn’t make the same mistakes as many IT Contractors, who thought a few good years of contracting and they would be out of it never having to work again. When I became an IT Contractor for the first time I asked the advice of some experienced contractors and followed that as well as making up some of my own rules.

I was getting double what I got as a permanent employee.

However, as a permanent employee I was spending 90% of my income and saving 10% of it. As I now had twice as much income that meant that I would now be able to save 11 times as much money as I could before. I allowed myself to increase my spending to all of what was my previous salary instead of 90% but that still meant I could save 10 times what I could before.

I also set up as a Limited Company rather than one of those Contractor Umbrella Companies, as that meant that I would be able to claim a lot more expenses when paying my tax.

I had heard from experienced contractors sad tales of contractors who had upped their spending straight away and then found themselves out of work after their first contract without a safety net. Therefore I resolved that I would invest no money for the first six months I was contracting. As I was spending half of my new income this meant that I could survive 12 months without work in my current lifestyle. I had always intended investing my money but I wanted to wait till the time was right.

I had heard that IT Contractors are most likely to invest in the Stock Market and Property in the middle of a boom with the result when that when the boom ends not only might they be out of work for a while but the assets they hold in shares and property are fast declining too and tey become forced sellers.

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I decide, therefore, to pick my time to invest in the Stock Market. I would wait till the Stock Market had fallen by 20% from its peak before I started investing. Luckily that happened about a year after I started contracting. Even then I didn’t rush in but decided that I would invest a certain amount each month come rain, hail or plummeting stock markets. I didn’t put it all into the Stock Market so that I could still invest monthly in the Stock Market even if I was out of work.

I decided to buy property as well. I used one of those specialist IT Contractor, mortgages brokers rather than walking into a High Street bank which meant that I could use my gross income as the figure rather than my Director’s salary after expenses and dividends were taken out. I didn’t go over the top and take the full amount that the specialist broker could get me. As, a result of all this, not only was I bringing in money but my money was earning more money for me. After six years of this, with a couple of million in assets and cash, I was now in a position to get out of the business and never work again if I wanted. However, I have decided to work for a further two years just to be on the safe side – then I can do whatever I want with my life whenever I want.

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