You Don't Fire Me, I Contract!
January 17, 2013 12:23 PM Subscribe
Have you convinced your corporate overlords to let you transition from a full-time employee to an independent contractor? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, TELL ME HOW YOU DID IT.
posted by julthumbscrew to Work & Money (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Backstory: I've been with the same company (a law firm) for a decade. I was promoted several years ago. While I'm not a superstar, I'm good at what I do (IT applications packaging/upper-tier software support), and I'm fairly well-liked and well-respected. During my time at the firm, I've seen several coworkers transition from full-time employees to independent contractors. I would now like to do this (in order to go back to school). However, everyone who HAD done this has since moved on, and I have no idea what magical incantation they recited to The Powers That Be in order to make it happen.
From what I can tell, I should present my boss with a plan outlining how the JulThumbscrew-As-Contractor Paradigm will be totally awesome for the firm. However, I cannot think of ANY advantages this plan will have for the firm other than the following:
- They won't have to provide me with benefits.
- They'll wind up spending less for me in general, as I'll be working fewer hours.
- By making me a contractor, they'll enable me to effectively train a new member of the department and inbue them with my decade's worth of law firm wisdom ("Don't piss off the fee earners. The Keurig is over here").
Those three sentences are NOT a very compelling argument. But what WOULD be?
Note: I am fully aware of all of the pitfalls which can befall contractors - that's why it's taken me close to a decade to decide to pursue this. I'll be able to get insurance, I'll be putting 40% of my pay away for taxes, etc. So no need for horror stories of that type. That said, thanks for your help, HiveMind!