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How IT Professionals Can Work Less and Earn More

How IT Professionals Can Work Less and Earn More

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Even if you’re a specialist in a particular field of Information Technology or Computer Science, getting qualified for any such profession at some point entails learning the basics. This is why qualified IT professionals don’t really struggle to find jobs just about anywhere in the world, but those very basics which you have as a qualified IT professional are worth much more than you may realise.

Learning basic coding skills together with the basic principles of computer science literally has any one skilled in those spheres with an entire world of opportunity at their fingertips. Naturally however, as progressive human beings who harbour certain career or financial goals, there comes a point in your life when you question whether or not you could perhaps work less and earn more. It can even go as far as working towards an early retirement or just creating an income generation channel which does not require your constant, active engagement for it to keep bringing in the money.

Information Technology is the one field in which this is very possible and all it takes is just a little bit of a different approach to earning money than showing up every day for a job which pays you for your time. You don’t have to quit what is probably a nice-paying job, but you can start preparing for the day you hand in your resignation letter right now.

Revisit Your Specialty Area

If you work in the IT division of a specific company, or any division for that matter, the modus operandi of the corporate world is that you probably maintain and operate existing systems which were created and implemented by someone else – somebody whom you’re probably equally as qualified or skilled as. These consultants who design and implement the systems operated and maintained by internal, permanent staff generally earn much more for those projects than the staff on the company’s permanent pay-roll. It’s a common practice around the world, particularly in the formal corporate sector.

IT professionals who are permanently employed could very well argue that they enjoy the advantage of having a constant, predictable and stable salary every month, over consultants who get paid on a per-contract or per-project basis, which is true, but only to a certain extent. If you were to revisit your specialty area and focus on a specific solution which is proving to be popular among corporate establishments, you could very well use those specialised skills to create a solution that is deployed under license. If for instance you took the time to complete a specific e-learning course via the Global Knowledge Network, you’d be equipping yourself with the necessary skills and knowledge to just create one solution for which purchase and use you are paid over and over again.

Sometimes it isn’t even a matter of sampling exactly what the market needs, but rather creating a solution the market doesn’t even know they need until they realise that they simply cannot continue without its use as soon as you demonstrate its value to them. That’s how popular pay-roll software came into existence, making some IT professionals with some initiative very wealthy.

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