[UPHPU] Freelance Opportunity Starting ASAP
jtaber at johntaber.net
Fri Dec 1 23:02:36 MST 2006
David Boucha wrote:
>> P.S. A gold star to anyone who makes it all the way to the end of this
>> unintentionally lengthy email.
> + gold star for Dave!
> I pretty much agree with Mac on this. I don't have any personal
> grudges against agencies, but if I were employed through one, it would
> drive me nuts EVERY day knowing that part of my hourly wage was going
> to the agency. I would probably be more open to paying an upfront fee
> for them finding me a good job.
Now for the other side:
On the employee side, it depends upon the situation. For example, for
students and many non-students, it's easier to have someone take out
taxes, provide benefits, etc than to do it themselves. I can tell this
by their expressions when I offer them a contractor form to sign.
On the employer side, there's big benefits for hiring thru an agency,
namely, the IRS will be far easier on contractor status if you're using
an agency than if you are trying on your own to prove independent
contractor status. This might be the reason MS and HP use Volt so
often. Also, for us small companies, using an agency would make it far
easier to hire students who don't want the mess of their own taxes, etc
which they get offered from larger companies. In fact, if our local
universities or govt really cared about working with the business
community this is one of the issues they would address and set something
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