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3 Things Contractors Do Wrong That Lead to Short Contracting Careers

3 Things Contractors Do Wrong That Lead to Short Contracting Careers

Posted on23. May, 2013 by .

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Many people get into contracting for different reasons.  Some of those reasons I discussed in a previous post titled Guide to Successfully Working as a Consultant in the Healthcare IT Industry – Part One However, what I see all too often are people deciding to leave the world of contracting because they are not able to […]

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The Challenges In Billing For Hours When Working From Home

The Challenges In Billing For Hours When Working From Home

Posted on10. May, 2013 by .

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When you travel to a client location each week and spend 40 hours a week on site, the client sees you there; they don’t have any question as to whether or not you put in 40 hours for the week. So they do not have any problems signing off and approving the 40 hours you […]

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What Does Your Firm Represent?

What Does Your Firm Represent?

Posted on26. Apr, 2013 by .

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As an independent contractor whose current project is coming to an end, you are going to be talking with staffing firms about what projects they have coming up that you may be a good fit for. If the project sounds like a good fit, the firm you are talking with will present you to the […]

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Who Is Helping You Find Your Next Healthcare IT Project?

Who Is Helping You Find Your Next Healthcare IT Project?

Posted on10. Apr, 2013 by .

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When you are considering taking a contract, many people know to consider the following: Is the project a good fit to your skill set? How will you fit in culturally with the group at the hospital? How much will the position pay? What is the expense reimbursement policy? What will the travel be like? How […]

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Don’t Just Evaluate The Contract – Evaluate The Firm

Don’t Just Evaluate The Contract – Evaluate The Firm

Posted on03. Apr, 2013 by .

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As a contractor (consultant who works on a contract to contract basis as opposed to being an employee of a firm) you will have regular phone calls with firms that place contractors on projects. When you initially talk with a representative from these firms, it will be because you both think you may be a […]

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Use Your Time Providing Services to Secure Your Future In Consulting

Use Your Time Providing Services to Secure Your Future In Consulting

Posted on13. Mar, 2013 by .

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When evaluating taking a contract, many people will take into consideration the following: Is this a good fit for my skill set? Are the client’s expectations in line with what I can deliver? Is this a cultural fit? How much will the position pay? What is the expense reimbursement policy? What will the travel be […]

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Why Your Contract Cancellation Clause Should Be Based On Hours, Not Weeks

Why Your Contract Cancellation Clause Should Be Based On Hours, Not Weeks

Posted on16. Jan, 2013 by .

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Unfortunately, some of the lessons you learn in the contracting business come from situations where you have to learn the hard way.  The hard way generally means you were dealing with someone who took advantage of a situation that caused you some major inconvenience.  Once these situations occur, of course you do what you can […]

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Factors Affecting Your Contract End Date

Factors Affecting Your Contract End Date

Posted on14. Jan, 2013 by .

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Anyone who was a contractor or in consulting during the last recession (2008 – 2009 timeframe) either had their project end early or knows someone who had their project end early.  When I say end early, I mean end prior to the originally anticipated end date that was established when the project started. Once you […]

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Will Travel Requirement Trends Lead To More Healthcare IT Consultants?

Will Travel Requirement Trends Lead To More Healthcare IT Consultants?

Posted on17. Dec, 2012 by .

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Once a Health IT employee gains a certain level of experience working at a hospital they have the option to consider working as a consultant.  As a Health IT consultant, they would have the ability to increase their income from up to 25 – 70%, depending on their specific skills and the type employment or […]

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Wait! What About the Second Contract?

Wait! What About the Second Contract?

Posted on27. Nov, 2012 by .

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Many times people looking to get into contracting do not have a true understanding of what the Health IT market place has to offer in terms of money and required travel.  It is very important to have a realistic understanding of these two criteria in order to remain working consistently.  What I see often is […]

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Staffing vs. Consulting – the Counter-Arguments

Staffing vs. Consulting – the Counter-Arguments

Posted on16. Aug, 2012 by .

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There have recently been many blog posts exploring and debating the differences between Healthcare IT Staff Augmentation and Consulting firms. I believe the conversation began with newbie Healthcare IT Today blogger Arthur Damon’s post Why Many HIT Pros and Facilities are Choosing Staffing Firms Over Consulting Firms where he presented reasons why he believes consultants […]

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