Staffing Agencies Got Your Soul? Get it back!

Asher Black

If we were a staffing agency, we’d probably do the usual things: hide what we’re billing the client, pay you a fraction of that, deprive you of benefits, and treat you as an interchangeable commodity. Very few people dream of spending the rest of their lives working in that kind of environment. But the culture has traditionally offered only a couple of alternatives to outright “temp” work: 1) Permanent Employment, where all your eggs are in one company basket – for this you get benefits, and maybe a 9-5 work day, but little control of your own life. 2) Contracting and Self-employment. We link those two together because, traditionally, you have to do all the work of a small business when operating as a contractor, and get none of the employee benefits. You’re doing your own accounting, tax reporting, expense reporting… work never really seems to end.

The beautiful thing about not thinking traditionally, is that we can ask why not? Why can’t a contractor go home and have the rest of the evening to oneself, or go out with friends and colleagues? Why can’t a contractor have benefits that go with you from job to job? That beats ordinary employment, which tends to leave benefit gaps as you move. And why can’t you offload some or all of the hassles of the back office without signing away an unknown percentage of your income? After all, you could hire a bunch of people to do it for you – so why isn’t there some entity that’s willing to do it all, but for a really reasonable cut?

At Free Agent Source, we start out thinking outside the box. If you’d like to think, and possibly work, outside those lines with us, we’re interested in hearing from you. Are you a contractor, temp worker, freelancer? Do you want to spend your time doing what you excel at and love, without chewing up the rest of your hours counting beans and filing papers? Is it worth a few bucks? Sign in at the forums, or sign on as a free agent (no obligation), and let us show you a different way to work and be successful in the new economy.

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Asher Black

Asher Black

Asher Black is a co-founder of Free Agent Source and its Corporate Storyteller. As a consultant, his practice areas are Sales Effectiveness & Engagement, Education Program Implementation, Brand Story and Corporate Messaging. He often serves as a fractional leader, is a frequent public speaker, and media talent. He also lives in Brooklyn, plays guitar, writes fiction, and practices the martial arts.

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