Economy, Telecommuters, and Independent Contractors
What is an Independent Contractor?
An Independent Contractor is a person or persons who performs or offers a service to a person or persons, such as a business.
Finding Clients as a Independent Contractor
Finding Clients is harder. Why, you ask? All you have to do is watch the news to get the answer. Instead of hiring, more and more business, small and big, are laying off employees all because of the economy. This means they are trying to find new ways to save money.
For the Independent Contractor, finding businesses that are looking to hire on work is almost a thing of the past. Instead, they are bunkering down for a long winters night. In this case, they are holding on with their teeth, hoping they can keep their business alive and profitable. In the hopes that this economic crisis, will go away, Independent Contractors have the hope for a better tomorrow.
What does Washington have to do with Small Businesses?
While our government has excess spending and pork belly waist programs, Middle American’s are saving their money, not spending it like a little child in the candy store as we see with our politicians. But once again, as a nation, we are watching what is happening in Washington with Politicians, whose middle names have become, “Wasteful Spenders,” companies are once again tightening their pocketbooks.
I am aware that not all Politicians are wasteful spenders. But when we here so many projects being approved that are indeed wasteful projects that will not help middle American’s at all, we do have to wonder what is going on in Washington. Do they not get that our nation is at crisis?
Small Businesses depend on Washington for many reasons. We need tax cuts, as it is becoming harder and harder to maintain a small business, given our nations economic development.
Small Businesses need insurance costs to lower. For many Independent Contractors, having insurance is a dream, not a reality. The health insurance costs are through the roof, making it impossible for many Independent Contractors to afford insurance.
Different Independent Contractor?
It depends what type of Independent Contractor you are, as to whether you are struggling to find work, or over loaded with clients. If you are plumber in a small city, chances are, as an independent contractor, you have steady clients who will call on your services, regardless of the nation’s economy.
If you are a virtual assistant, being an Independent Contractor, which was once a lucrative industry may become harder to maintain a full service business. Hopefully, as a VA, you’ve maintained your steady clients. If so, you will continue to do well in business. Of course, that means your clients have to continue doing well. But, let’s cross our fingers and hope they do. On the other hand, if you’ve lost clients do to the economy, finding more small and large businesses may become more difficult as the months drag on with a struggling economy.