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I incorporated, and I pay for workman's compensation and general
liabiblity insurance. Here in New York State, all 3 for me comes to about
$1000 a year.
What my money buys me is an effective competitive edge against
people like you (g); it also makes it possible for me to compete against
agencies/recruiters. Employers are afraid of 1099 situations that the IRS
may interpret as statutory employees. (Are you familiar with the IRS 20
The recruiters aren't lying about the W2 stuff; they *may* be
mistaken about the work-at-home stuff. They probably haven't tried to
sell it to their clients--why make your clients nervous? If *you* want to
sell it to that client once you get a foot in the door, I can't see why
anyone would object.
If you're iffy about an IC ("I'd take a job in corporate
America"), I'd suggest you go w/ the recruiters while you build up your
network. One of the most devastating expenses (for me) is trying to keep
w/ the hardware, the software, and the necessary training.
The Mac's monitor blew on Monday; I wish I could call a help
Let me know what you think.
Mary Durlak Erie Documentation Inc.
East Aurora, New York (near Buffalo)
durl -at- buffnet -dot- net
PS--what is DFW?
On Fri, 26 Sep 1997 CWells2345 -at- AOL -dot- COM wrote:
> I want to continue working independently and ideally out of my home office;
> however, if the project seems interesting I'll go back corporate America.
> Recruiters tell me they only place W2 contractors and there's no way I can
> work at home. They say I need to be incorporated, pay workman's compensation,
> and general liability insurance. This can get very expensive!
> Can anybody give me information on how they handle these issues?
> Do I really need all this stuff or are recruiters just trying to get an
> Am I attempting the impossible in DFW?
> Thanks in Advance
> cwells2345 -at- aol -dot- com
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