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A Contractors Guide to Working Abroad

While there are many contracting jobs in the UK, with cities such as London and Glasgow being at the top of the list, some are looking elsewhere.

Jetting off abroad to be exact, in a bid to become one of the lucky contractors who get to make money while enjoying the sun, sea and sand.

Contractor jobs in Europe are becoming very popular, with Spain, Italy, Germany, Poland and France being some of the main destinations for contractors who want a bit of adventure.

Not only that, but some get even more adventurous and decide to go further afield, especially to Asian countries such as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.

Yes, the world is getting smaller when it comes to the world of contracting, and if you have the skills and are willing to relocate, either on a temporary or permanent basis, then expect to get paid for your time and effort.

That isn’t to say that working abroad as a contractor is all smooth sailing. It isn’t, and if you are not prepared then you will be arriving back at a UK airport faster than you can imagine…your plans ruined and dreams in tatters.

One of the main things I always advise contractors to do before moving to another country is make sure you have plenty of savings.

Contracting jobs might not be landing on your lap during those first few months abroad, and if they don’t you want to make sure you have a bit of cash tucked away to back you up.

There is nothing worse than running out of money after a month and having no other choice but to book a flight back home.

Next, I would say that you must be able to speak a bit of the local language if you really want to make an impact in the contracting scene of a particular country. Also, be prepared to learn even more, to the point where you become almost fluent.

Sure, you might be able to get some contracting jobs in Japan by speaking only English, but you will have a lot more options if you know your Kon’nichiwa’s from your Sayonara’s.

Lastly, I encourage all contractors working abroad to be persistent and don’t let rejection stop you from living your dream.

You might find it tough those first few months when the jobs are few and far between and it seems like everything is against you, but, if you stick with it and do the right things then you will be rewarded.

Many contractors are abroad right now enjoying a great quality of life while making good money. There is no reason why you can’t join them.

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