One of the toughest things about being a contractor, as usually envisioned, is that you get all the headaches of running your own business and none of the benefits of employment. If you’re a contractor now, or have been one, you know the litany well (paperwork, bookkeeping, no health coverage…), so there’s no need to beat it to death again in this post. On the other hand, one of the key dislikes we’re hearing, that results from all this, is a lack of free time. A lot of contractors want to do what they’re good at (IT, technical, training, etc.) and not have to throw away evenings with their families or out on the town, because they’ve got the upkeep of a back office.
The challenge is that it’s hard to successfully wear all the hats you need to wear, in order to make your contracting flow smoothly, without incorporating and being everything from cook to accountant to CEO. At Free Agent Source, we’re envisioning contracting a bit differently. We think contracting can involve you being sharp, and doing what you want to do, what you love doing, and you as the contractor outsourcing the rest. Usually outsourcing means managing a remote team, but we’re not talking about that. What if you could outsource all of it to one entity. What if that entity wasn’t a staffing agency? Instead, it would be your back office. You’d get the benefits of being an employee, the freedom and control of a contractor, and you wouldn’t pay through the nose doing it. That’s our vision. We’re interested to know if you share it. Drop us a comment or an e-mail, pitch in at the forums, or just sign up (without obligation) to be a free agent, and let us show you a better way to be free.