Who are Independent Contractors?
Throughout the United States, 10.3 million workers like us choose to exercise our rights to work for ourselves as independent contractors. From plumbers to truck drivers to hairstylists, we make up the largest segment of the American entrepreneurial workforce. One thing unites us all: we enjoy the flexibility and responsibility of running our own businesses.
Not many people realize it, but independent contractors like us fill 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. A sizable percentage of the following are independent contractors:
Lately, however, special interest groups are supporting legislation, lawsuits and regulatory challenges to make it harder—and sometimes impossible—to be an independent contractor. Starting a business and owning our own companies are essential components of the American Dream. In this economic climate, we should be doing more to support entrepreneurs and small business owners, including independent contractors. Our opponents disagree.
It’s My Business is a coalition of individuals and organizations that supports 10.3 million people who are exercising their right to work for themselves. We are raising awareness about the multi-front assault on independent contracting that is intensifying across America, threatening harmful consequences to the economy. Please help support independent contractors.
Chairwoman of the It’s My Business Coalition
Former Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas
Senator Lincoln is serving as Chairwoman of the It’s My Business Coalition which is made up of individuals and organizations that supports the over 10.3 million people who are exercising their right to work for themselves. Senator Lincoln represented Arkansas in the United States from 1999 to 2001 and previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1993 to 1997.
Throughout her career, she has been a staunch proponent for small businesses and entrepreneurs and fought hard for their rights during her time serving Arkansas in the U.S. Senate. She is committed to protecting the right of independent contractors to choose a way of life that works best for them, and the right of businessmen and women to pursue a business model that provides lifestyle flexibility for them and their families and creates jobs and competitiveness for America.