When you're not a "wage-slave" you never have to worry about the Company cutting your hours back when you're already struggling to make ends meet.
Independent contractors have the freedom to set their own hours and work at their own pace, as long as they can meet their job commitment to work a minimum of 20 hours a week during normal business hours!
FREEDOM, FLEXIBILITY AND CONVENIENCE:
One of the outstanding benefits of working as an independent contractor is the degree of flexibility it brings into your life, especially when you're working in a virtual office environment.
• If you have family obligations, you can usually be available to those who need you ... and still be able to get your work done;
• If an emergency arises, you don't have to drive an hour to get home to deal with it – you're right there to handle the situation ... and when the crisis is over, you can be right back at work with minimal loss of your valuable work-time. And since you set your own schedule, you can make up for lost time by working additional hours, and still meet your financial goals;
• If you have a doctor's appointment, or an errand to run, or some special task that can only be done during your normal work hours, you are free to schedule such "non-work" activities as necessary ... and never have to "ask Daddy's permission" for a few hours off.
All we require is that you let your Team Leader or Manager know in advance if you won't be working at your normally scheduled time (i.e., if you plan to depart from your "usual" work routine, or from the weekly work schedule you submitted to our office).
That's easy enough, isn't it?
THE TAX ADVANTAGES ARE GREAT, TOO:
As an independent contractor working from home in your own virtual office, you will realize many tax advantages which once were only available to Corporate America:
• Since you'll be using a portion of your home for work activities, a percentage of your home expenses may be tax-deductible – including portions of your utilities, home repairs, and rent or mortgage payments.
• Most office supplies necessary to do your work may be tax-deductible ... often including such items as computer upgrades and new software.
• The same applies to office equipment. Whether it's new furniture or a new computer, or anything else that helps you do your job better, most such items can be written off. Major corporations do it every day, and when you're working for BFC, so can you.
• Since the job you perform for BFC requires that you have telephone and internet service, a portion of your telephone service and your 'net connection costs are usually deductible — including telephone equipment and whatever you use to connect to the 'net. And if an additional phone line helps you work more efficiently, that may be deductible too.
• Although the work you will be doing for BFC doesn't require travel, there will be times when you use your car for business-related travel. That hasty trip to the computer superstore 30 miles away (perhaps to pick up a new ethernet card or replace a broken headset) probably qualifies as tax-deductible travel.
Several excellent IRS publications explain the requirements for a variety of tax-saving exemptions, deductions and write-offs. Most of these publications are available FREE on the IRS website.
Your Team Leader can recommend IRS publications that may apply to your specific situation. Before filing any tax return, it's always a good idea to consult an accountant or tax preparation specialist.
THE GREATEST ADVANTAGE OF ALL:
The greatest advantage of working as an independent contractor is the financial flexibility and power you have by giving yourself the freedom to earn as much (or as little) as you want.
And that's such an important advantage in today's economic climate, it deserves its very own discussion. Please read on.