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Thoughts on leaving a big 4 as salary employee, rejoining the same long term engagement immediately as a subcontractor? Client and Engagement leadership see my value, firm pays me a fraction of it.

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power move, could be the first step in you starting your own firm

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Why isn't client leadership making a perm offer?

Government. Can't afford me, and I won't move to the state, even if they could afford me.

My wife is an independent consultant. It only works because I can cover her healthcare benefits and she usually has a contract 8-9 months per year, which is enough to stay ahead of where she’d be with a salaried role. If you’re single it can be riskier if you just have a single contract and have trouble getting another shortly after it ends.

Am single, but 41 and female (would register as wob) and with healthy savings and live in a state where the health exchange is a real option. I've bought from it there before. No kids, but a pretty good personal financial position (retirement not ideal, but I owe almost nothing on my house which would rent for 3000 a month, have 50k in the bank), so austerity likely wouldn't be needed for a year or so without work, and austerity is easier without kids. I spent 7 years in grad school... I can live cheap. My billing rate on current contract (5 year term) would be about $250 an hour, 40 hours a week. Teams I'm leading are in place at least 24 more months.

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OP - If you can stash the cash - why not? You can always find another FT gig. This might let you start your own biz and then you can put real $$$$ in the bank. Best of luck to you.

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