Re: Working for a subcontractor

Subject: Re: Working for a subcontractor
From: "Lurker writer" <lurker_writer -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2001 07:08:38 -0500


Welcome to the world of contracting...I'm guessing here but the fact that you sound like you've been blindsided indicates that maybe you didn't research the contracting option thoroughly enough.

As a former contractor (1099 and W-2), I had to deal with prima dona writers/editors/managers of the client company; I had to forego training on the company's nickel and pay for it myself on my own time (usually evenings and weekends); occasionally I got the lousy jobs to work on that nobody wanted; I couldn't participate in the client company functions; I had a lousy 401K and my insurance was only adequate when I worked through an agency. But the jobs were not long term and my hourly rate was very good.

I once worked a six-month contract that I couldn't wait to get out of. When the contract was about to expire (and I was ready to vacation in the Bahamas for a week), the client came to me and begged me to stay on for another 2 months until the project was finished--no matter the cost. I doubled my hourly rate and they didn't blink. So, this is early 1994 and I'm making something like $70 or $80 an hour...but I counted down the hours until the end of that contract. Contracting can be a double-edged sword too.

Working as a contractor and a captive employee both have their own advantages and disadvantages. Not everyone is cut out to be a contractor or be self-employed; and not everyone is cut out to be a good foot soldier (employee). It sounds like you prefer the comfort (relative term) of being a full-time employee. And that's OK as it looks like it will give you those things you want and need in an organizational setting.

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