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The Results Are In: Have you considered becoming an independent contractor?

poll_results_independent_contractor_webWhen it comes to the workforce, there are a number of different job types available, including full time, part time, temporary, and independent contractor work. Since the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that this number will grow to 65 million in the next five years, we asked Movin’ On Up readers if they had ever considered being an independent contractor.

What the Survey Revealed
With 249 votes, the survey revealed that more than 68% of readers are currently independent contractors.  The results of their answers break down as follows:

  • Yes – 68.27%
  • I am currently an independent contractor – 18.47%
  • No – 6.43%
  • I tried, but it wasn’t for me – 6.02%
  • Other – 0.81%

Of the 3.36% who selected “Other,” responses included:

  • I was an IC for 12 months, then was hired by the company
  • I need more information about the contract agreement
  • I’ve only done it out of necessity between “real” jobs

Keep Focusing On Your Goals

Results indicate the majority of respondents are independent contractors. Although some don’t really know where to start, others are well on their way to being freelance workers—which is not surprising considering that Fortune magazine reports that 42 million people in the workforce are freelance or contract workers. If you don’t know the right steps to take, Express can help get you on your path: talk to a representative, set yourself a goal, and check back here for tips and advice!

Have you taken the leap to freelance or independent contracting? Do you have any tips for others who want to take that step?  Let us know in the comments section below!

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