independent contractor dilemnaThe trend towards the use of independent contractors is not only rampant in our industry, but it is becoming a popular movement nationwide.  In "Why We're All Becoming Independent Contractors," Robert Reich takes a look at it, talking about Uber and FedEx.  The Huffington Post comments included are educational and valuable.  How is our industry like or not like these examples. What does our community think on this topic?

 

4 Comments

  1. Debbie - May 8, 2015, 1:10 pm

    I have made the same choice, I am also an IC. It is less aggravating than companies insisting you work hours without pay for no work, then work to make those hours up, and oh so much more fun.

  2. kiwiCA - May 8, 2015, 12:21 pm

    Sadly, I’m not at all up on the legal issues. The only control I have as an IC is over my schedule; however, by keeping the job, I suppose I make my choice to put up with the rest of it. Just have to weigh the pros and cons and go the direction that works best for each of us until something better comes along.

  3. Debbie - May 7, 2015, 6:11 pm

    Well, by my research and analysis, and this is not popular for me to say, the manner in which we are an IC, yet work under the rules of companies. Not legal. And that’s all the energy I have for that today 🙂 Going to pull all my resources together soon in a module for MyMT. ICs are meant to be small businesses, yes, who have control over the services they provide.

  4. kiwiCA - May 7, 2015, 6:03 pm

    I have always thought it funny that since, as ICs, we are essentially small businesses, it feels like we are penalized for it (i.e., those darn higher tax rates!!). Yet, I am always hearing things from government and other agencies about how small businesses are so great and we should support them, etcetera…Yet, the IC deal is so strange. We are really stuck somewhere in between being a small business and an employee. I guess the freedom is the upside though, and I’m not sure I am willing to trade that away again unless I have to!

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