RE: Article on Contracting vs Employee

Subject: RE: Article on Contracting vs Employee
From: m j <marth_jack -at- excite -dot- com>
To: Jim Cort <jcort -at- totaltel -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2000 13:06:06 -0800 (PST)

There ARE some things you can do as a contractor. First, don't assign rights
to unpaid work.

Did you know you can even alter any printed agreement shoved in front of
you? You alter it, and initial and date it. I discovered this about
employment agreements. Most people sign away rights for employers to see
all health charting and records, while they could just alter the agreements
on the insurance as they enter into the agreements. Funny. Most employers
don't even question the alterations.

Second, get shorter payment cycles. If they pay you every 7, 10, or 14 days,
if they miss a payment, stop work. Then you are temporarily, hopefully, only
out a smaller paycheck.

Third, if the court route seems horrible, just report their ass to every
credit agency. Funny, when they need to borrow money or need to get their
credit evaluated by another company, all of a sudden, they WANT to clear up
this matter with you.

And don't forget to run a credit check on the people you expect to pay you
BEFORE working for them too.

Fourth, if this company has certifications with the government, report them
there too.

And if you do other independent work. Never use the phone, email, resources,
or time of the company while you are working on it. Don't even mention what
you are working on or your ideas in private development in meetings or
conversations either -- they could try to roll up your "work" as a part of
you working for them, claiming ownership of the new invention, idea, or

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