Just curious, why are you opting for an umbrella company?
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I've found Giant to be good, but a lot of agents have a list of 'preferred' umbrellas they like you to go with (often, they have systems in place that simplify the whole timesheet/invoicing process)
I would seriously advise looking into setting up your own limited company though,
Doing so will allow you to pay yourself through share dividends rather than a salary (apart from a small salary, within the tax allowance, that most people prefer to pay themselves) which saves a noticeable amount in tax/NI (assuming your contract doesn't fall within IR35)
Its fairly simple to set a company up and even more so if you go through an accountant (mine costs £125 per month but looks to be able to save me approx £12,000 per year)
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You might want to think about what some places are now calling "private clouds." They primarily seem to be managed Virtual Server boxes (VMWare/Hyper-V) in which then you manage the individual hosts. This way you could structure your environment to be however you wanted. The only downside of this is that you will have to spend more time in the sys-admin role getting everything set up.
This section of the forum seems a little dead, but I'll give it a shot anyways.
Ok, so maybe the title's a bit of an exaggeration. But I am beginning to feel this way about salaried employment. I've only worked in two jobs but have talked to many others who describe a similar situation. Things are tedious in the corporate world, projects get stalled, code gets "maintained" (aka hundreds of format changes) and there's the inevitable waiting for approval and doing things to your bosses' "standards".
After reading a couple books on getting into consulting it seems like it might be the thing for me. What I'm hoping to find here is some advice or even better wisdom from others who have gone down this road.
I have 3 years experience and already feel like I am more productive and adept than my co-workers. I am by no means an expert but I also don't see my current line of work as a way to get to that level.
What are some of your regrets or decisions that you are grateful for having made? Is 3 years experience too early to start on my own? What can I do to better prepare myself for the business aspect of consulting?