Re: Freelance, contract part-time

Subject: Re: Freelance, contract part-time
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 12:54:37 -0400

On Wed, 20 May 2015 12:40:59 -0400, Karl Norman <kylesimmons0164 -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

I've noticed a number of contributors here and in other tech writer forums have gone rogue and begun freelancing at some point in their careers. Seems the trend is to get the feet wet with a big company for x years and then
make the switch to freelance/contract work. Maybe some of you could expound upon your decisions to make that change. What were the determining factors?
How did you feel confident that you could go it alone?

The place where you were folded, and the new opportunities immediately available didn't offer full-time, regular employment. Often the work was through an agency that only used 1099. There was the bait that "We'll probably bring you on from temp to full-time if the economy improves." That means, "Temp forever."

Some companies dump most of the regular employees and then try to bring some of them back as 1099, paying the same hourly rate, but without the benefits. It's a form of salary cut, and it sometimes works.
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