My Independent Contractor Journey
Being an independent contractor is not an uncommon theme today if you ask people around you. If you do consulting services, gigs, Instacart, Shipt, or Door Dash, you are an independent contractor. There are so many reasons why people become independent contractors. For me, I wanted to do other things on my schedule and make extra money. Some people do it for other reasons like being their own boss.
In starting my journey as an independent contractor back in 2005, I was already working my day job working in healthcare while my husband was a full-time student working on his Ph.D. As the only working person, I needed to find ways to make more money but on my own time and schedule. During that time, I was busy during a typical work-week, but I found a job that was flexible during my downtime. I starting doing calls for a call center remotely for customer-related services. This was the best option since it worked with my current work schedule. I had set hours which I chose and I could work at anytime my schedule allowed me to. Each week I got paid based on the hours and calls I took. At the end of every week, these checks would go to savings for extra things we needed for our home.
Today having some sort of side-gig is such a common thing that people have made it apart of their lives than they ever did before. I still have the side-gigs that have kept me an independent contractor still with my blog and other companies I work with. When I need to make extra funds, I have done Shipt and Instacart too!
What do you know about being an Independent Contractor today?
Did you know there are over 150 million workers in the United States, about 15 million of whom earn their primary income as independent contractors which is roughly 10 percent? However, nearly 60 million people did at least some freelance work in the last year, meaning tens of millions of additional people earn income as Independent Contractors
But who is classified as an independent contractor? According to Americans for Prosperity, “Independent contractors contract their services outside the direct control of [clients]. Independent contractors include gig economy workers, freelancers, many self-employed entrepreneurs, and workers in diverse professions — from yoga instructors to hairstylists to optometrists.” (AFP, 2021)
Right now Congress is trying to pass the ProAct, which will have consequences for the Independent Contractor. Right now some changes will impact you federally. You can find out more information on the Americans For Prosperity Website.
What other jobs are out there are considered your side gig?
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