Re: The Technical Writer's Freelancing

Subject: Re: The Technical Writer's Freelancing
From: Peter Kent <71601 -dot- 1266 -at- COMPUSERVE -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 1995 10:26:17 EST

>> Peter Kent's writing his book is out of print was excellent timing because
I am writing a chapter newsletter article suggesting readers get the book if
serious about contracting. I will not loan my copy until it is back in

I hope to have it ready early next year.

>> If I had to suggest one topic to add it would be updating information on
IRS Code Paragraph 1706 and Regulation Ruling 87-44, both regarding tests as
to whether an independent contractor is a company employee in disguise. The
ruling is soon to be condensed, a lawyer said last week.<<

Okay, thanks. I'll follow up on this.

>> I have only ran into this once in the past six years, but several lawyers
say that I will run into it more. It cost me $10 off my hourly rate at one
assignment. It sounds like to be safe, we are going to have to look and act
more like consultants. Thank you for your book, Peter.<<

How did it cost you $10? You mean you had to find an agency to work through?
The odd thing is that working through an agency is not really protection,
though many employers think it is (and the agencies will tell you it is, of

Thanks for your help,

Peter Kent

E-mail from: Peter Kent, 02-Nov-1995

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