Just a thought, it does not make any difference if the market is “saturated with available engineers”. If what you offer is better service then you will be in demand. Often I find that contractors or trades people
can be difficult to work with and not responsive to my needs, (they want it done their way no matter what) or they are not really as good as they think that they are. Most people want a good value for the cost they are paying and if you are offering a good
value for the cost, then you will be in demand. Customer service is 80% about fixing the customer, the rest is just hardware and now that we have the internet, even that is not so difficult anymore.
"Old engineers don’t die, they dielectric."
From: Marcos O'Rourke [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2018 7:41 AM
Subject: Re: [CRTech] Contract Engineer - off list response requested
I’ve got a steady job but my market is getting saturated with available engineers for contracting who are much more experienced than I. But this is great information for the future. Thank you for sharing your wisdom on this subject.
On Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 12:42 AM, Marcos O'Rourke <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Thank you for that great explanation. When I asked my mentor essentially the
> same question he asked if what I do is more technical than a plumber. He
> then said I shouldn’t charge less than a plumber.
Marcos, your mentor's response certainly takes the cake for brevity,
and he is 100% correct.
I'm not usually accused of being overly succinct. :-)
Sometimes, someone just getting into contract work may question
themselves and their worth, especially if they're working with
non-profits or ministries and they have a heart to serve; I know that
was my situation when I first started my contracting. Hopefully my
prior post highlighted some considerations to help build a new
contractor's confidence and provide a framework to determine *how* to
value their time, not just how *much* it's worth.
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