Contractor vs. Employee - Sutton Creative Studios

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As a contractor consultant, we have been able to enjoy the luxury of performing tasks for a variety of clients throughout the day, everyday. Just recently a client asked if I would be able to commit specific hours to them on a daily basis. Recognizing that this would void the contractor status, our client acknowledged they would have to look into an employment agency through which I would be paid. The whole discussion got me thinking about the differences of contractor vs. employee. (Read more)

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<ul><li> 1. sut t oncreat ivest udios.com http://suttoncreativestudios.com/contractor-vs-employee/ Kimberly Sutton May 12, 2014 Contractor vs. Employee As a contractor consultant, we have been able to enjoy the luxury of perf orming tasks f or a variety of clients throughout the day, everyday. Just recently a client asked if I would be able to commit specif ic hours to them on a daily basis. Recognizing that this would void the contractor status, our client acknowledged they would have to look into an employment agency through which I would be paid. The whole discussion got me thinking about the dif f erences of contractor vs. employee. I cant deny that Ive enjoyed being my own boss. I know what tasks me team and I need to get done, and I set my own hours. I dont get in trouble or receive the evil eye when my lunch hour expands beyond an hour, and I can listen to my own music or selection of webinars while working. And as silly as it may sound, I can work as late or as early as I want to! (Have you every had an employer who DIDNT want you working more than 15 minutes on either side of your start/stop time, even if you had a major project looming? I have!) Thats not to say theres nothing I missing about working (outside my home) f or others. I miss the regular paycheck sort of (I make more now); I miss the birthday carry-ins and sales rep lunch-and-learns; I miss paid vacations; And most of all I miss group health insurance. While the of f er my client is proposing doesnt include any of these employment-by-other perks, Im not ready to say its a losing contender in the contractor vs. employee battle. If you are wondering about the pros and cons of being a contractor vs. employee, here are a few questions to consider: Would it be worth paying taxes now to avoid paying estimated self -employment taxes throughout the year? By committing to one client are you eliminating the possibility of multiple, higher-paying clients? What are the perks associated with becoming an employee, if any? Will there be f lexibility in terms of vacations and/or doctors appointments? What will happen to the rest of your clients if you suddenly become unavailable f or some, if not all, of your day? Who will pay f or equipment if you are an employee? What if your computer dies when you are working f or your client? Is your client going to pay to f ix it? If you f ind yourself in the situation where you are weighing your options in the contractor vs. employee debate, consider the pros and cons involved in your own situation. ***** Kim Sutton is a f ounding partner of Sutton Creative Studios, an agency specializing in social media management, graphic design and virtual assistance. She is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Interior Architecture. In her f ree-time, Kim cherishes the time she gets to spend with her husband, Dave (her business partner), and three children. She also enjoys reading, knitting and writing. You are invited to f ollow Sutton </li> <li> 2. Creative Studios by f ollowing our blog, subscribing to our newsletter, or f ollowing/liking us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ or Pinterest. In addition, please comment and/or contact us with any questions. Copyright Sutton Creative Studios - Built with Passion </li> </ul>

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