“Being a single mom, I wanted more control over the hours that I worked and my travel schedule. I have been independent for over 15 years now, and I love it.”
—Alice Heiman, Independent Sales Consultant
The challenges once faced by Alice Heiman were many: needing to make a good living and a busy sales schedule that was dictated by others, compounded by the requirements of being a single parent and wanting to participate in her son’s school and sports activities.
Her solution? She chose to become an independent contractor, which gave her more flexibility and the opportunity to be her own boss. “I control how and when I expand my business to increase revenue to better serve my clients and myself,” she says. “I don’t have to ‘hope’ for a raise or promotion and I set my own schedule.”
As one who relies on other independent contractors, she firmly believes that entrepreneurship is the key to America’s economic future. “Small companies—many of them arising out of independent contractor beginnings—create the majority of the new jobs in my community,” say Heiman.
But what is she most proud of? “I have created a successful business, doing work that I love, that supports my lifestyle and allowed me to raise my son the way I wanted to.”