Home Biz Myth Busted - Independent Contracting is an Easy Way To Make Big Money
Home Biz Myth:
Independent Contracting is an Easy Way To Make Big Money
Laura Spencer knows a thing or two about home business. She is a succesful home based freelance writer.
Laura gives us some background and then busts this home biz myth.
I remember when I worked in the corporate world. The department that I worked for would hire independent contractors from time-to-time (often to help with a work overload).
Since we knew the rate the contractors were charging ($50 an hour), the other employees and I assumed that the contractors earned much more (on an annual basis) than we did. We used the average of 2,000 working hours in a year and multiplied it by the contractors’ $50 an hour charge to come up with a whopping (back then) $100,000 annual income for them.
Home Biz Myth Busted - Reasons Why Our Assumptions About The Contractors’ “Big Money” Were Wrong
Most contractors don’t get 2,000 billable hours in a year.
When a project at a company ends, contractors are let go. There is often a lag of a few weeks, or even a month, between projects when they are not receiving income.
We had them, the contractors didn’t. As a result of not having benefits, independent contractors usually must provide their own equipment, their own office space, and their own insurance. They must also cover the cost of lost wages for any sick or vacation time that they take.
3) Support Services
Most large companies have marketing, accounting, invoicing, and collection departments inhouse. An independent contractor must either perform these time-consuming functions themselves at no pay, or hire someone else to provide these services.
4) Variable Rates
Not all clients are willing to pay the same rate. One company may pay its contractors $50 an hour, the next may pay them $20 an hour. A contractor between projects might have to take a rate that is less than he or she can really afford just to pay the bills.
Yes, a corporation may pay $50 an hour to its contractors. Now that I’m a freelance writer I see that there is a good reason for that seemingly high rate.
HOME BIZ MYTH BUSTED!!
Thanks Laura… lots of useful insights here.
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