I am considering the leap into contracting, but I am anxious that my SAP knowledge is not enough. My standard SAP functionality is fine but I have no idea when it comes to ABAP and options for user exit functionality, use of function modules, etc. I am also struggling to find out how I can get this knowledge.
Do you think I can be a contractor without this knowledge? Will I pick the skills up along the way or is it essential as a prerequisite?
What you do need to be a functional consultant is heavy configuration skills on multiple projects if possible. Remember that before companies turn to ABAP, they try to customize SAP through configuration changes, and that's the key to a functional consulting skill set. It's not clear to me from your question whether you have that configuration know-how. If you don't, that's what you need to obtain before you can move into contracting.
Finally, if you really want to know if you're ready for contracting or not, there's only one way to know for sure -- put your resume out there and see what kind of response you get. That will give you a very good read on where you stand.
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