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> "Johnny Brown" wrote ...
> > I'm finally ready to move from a W2 to a 1099. However, with W2s the work is
> > pretty much scoped out and you don't have to worry about taxes.
> > Does anyone have any advice for working as a 1099 employee and how to
> > accurately scope the work, so that I don't get burned in the process? Are
> > there things I should ask an employer; are there things I should ask myself;
> > are there things I should ask an accountant; should I pack it in and go home!
and Andrew Plato replied:
> What you need to ask yourself is a simple question. What is more important to
> you: time, money, or freedom?
> If time is more important: get a full-time job with a company.
> If money is more important: contract with agencies.
> If freedom is more important: 1099 freelance.
<supporting arguments snipped>
I've been a captive, a 1099, a contractor on a W2 to an agency, on a
company-to-company arrangement directly with clients, and on a company-to-company
basis with an agency. I think that pretty much covers the spectrum. In my
<------------ what Andrew said
is about the most succinct summary of the options I've seen on this board in a
while. As he pointed out, there are tradeoffs for each position. We happen to
like money a lot, and while we could spend the time and money marketing our
company, we get our best deals letting a couple of select agencies do our marketing
for us. We don't begrudge them their cut one little bit!