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.

IT contractor-for-life? Not a problem! William Deegan started his IT career as a full-time staffer. But during the dot-com bust, when hours became long and stressful, Deegan met a contractor who was working fewer hours and making more money. "I liked his quality of life. That's how I started contracting," says Deegan, now sole proprietor of Bad Dog Consulting in Mountain View, Calif.

In a 2013 survey of more than 200 IT decision-makers, tech recruiting firm Mondo found that 48% of respondents planned to hire more IT contractors than full-time staff in the next 12 to 18 months.

If you're considering contracting, read these 15 tips from seasoned veterans.

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