Impact of IRS rulings on contract writing

Subject: Impact of IRS rulings on contract writing
From: Rob Johnson <rjohnson -at- TRI -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 1997 09:05:54 -0500

If you've ever suspected contracting agencies of being bandits --
cheating contractors and clients alike out of their money -- read David
Orr's earlier post to this thread. I appreciate his frank description of
his tech comm agency's costs and pricing practices.

As a staff writer and manager with a similar firm, I sometimes hear the
complaint that David addressed. Yet most experienced contractors I've
known appreciate the many advantages that agencies offer, not the least
of which is fresh work. While I admire freelancers who steadily acquire
work on their own, I know many writers and other technical professionals
who rely on the marketing, promotion, and sales work that agencies

Of course some agencies are better to work with than others, and a few
may deserve the charge of banditry. But in general, agencies and others
who employ contractors play a helpful role in today's tech comm

Rob Johnson
The Registry (
rjohnson -at- tri -dot- com

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