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If you have been working in a field for a while and have developed some expertise, you might be able to become a subcontractor. This would allow you to work part time or full time as your own boss. A subcontractor is someone who supplies companies with products or services that they want but do not want to hire a permanent employee for.
Assess your skills. If you are an expert in a particular field, you can put your experience to use by identifying companies that need what you have. You can use the Internet to search for companies that are looking for people who have your skills, or you can use the phone book to find local companies that might need your services.
Find a name for your venture. It helps build credibility on your business card. You do not have to incorporate to become a subcontractor, but it helps to have a business name. When you search for your business name, make sure that no one else is using it. You could get into legal trouble if you use a name that someone else is using. Use the link in the Resources section to search for business names.
Print business cards. The field is wide open in this area. If you are graphically challenged, your local office supply store or printer can help you with this. If you decide to do the work yourself, you can design your own business card using inexpensive software. Just buy business card blanks and print them off using your printer.
Put together an introductory letter that will tell people who you are and what you do. Even if you don't send this letter out, it's a good exercise in helping you identify your services and your niche. Thinking about what you can do is just part of becoming a subcontractor. Getting the word out to others in a concise and clear way is the next step, and these collateral materials will help you focus your thinking. You may even want to put together a brochure or pamphlet that tells people about your talents, experience and expertise.
Start networking with local businesses who can use your services. They may or may not need you at any given time, but if they have your card, and have met with you professionally, they are more likely to remember you. You can also network with others in fields related to yours. For example, if you want to provide landscaping services to homeowner's associations, meeting with companies that manage properties is a good idea.
Becoming a subcontractor takes awhile. It takes time to build your reputation to the point where companies and others begin to hear of you by word of mouth. Use your network as heavily as you can to learn of opportunities for which you are qualified.