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Do you Know an Independent Contractor?

Throughout the United States, 10.3 million workers choose to exercise their rights to work for themselves as an independent contractor. From plumbers to truck drivers to hairstylists, we are the largest segment of the American entrepreneurial workforce.

The independent contractor fills key positions in a number of important industries. We make up 88.3 percent of taxi drivers, 64 percent of financial advisors and 20 percent of emergency room doctors. Though we fill different jobs, one thing unites us all: Each independent contractor enjoys the flexibility and responsibility of running our own business.

  • The independent contractor plays a vital role in the U.S. economy, creating new jobs and providing services more efficiently and effectively than would be possible under a different structure, such as the employer-employee model.
  • Starting a business and owning your own company are essential components of the American Dream. The independent contractor model helps to make this dream a reality for millions of Americans. As a result, contractors report some of the highest levels of job satisfaction.

You may not realize it, but a sizable percentage of the following are independent contractors:

  • Emergency Room Doctors
  • Home Healthcare Providers / Caregivers
  • Dentists
  • Lawyers
  • Financial Planners
  • Stock Brokers
  • Accountants
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Barbers and Hair Stylists
  • Software Engineers
  • Website and Graphic Designers
  • Couriers and Delivery Drivers
  • Taxi Drivers
  • Limousine and Shuttle Bus Drivers
  • Interpreters
  • Personal Trainers
  • Professional Tutors
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