For David Lee Hall, being an independent contractor provides more than an income. It provides a way to lift himself up.
—David Lee Hall, Mystery Shopper
“For me, the benefits of being an independent contractor are relief from chronic severe depression, interaction with the community and the ability to earn a few hundred dollars a month,” he says. “I sat home for 10 years until I found this work.”
“As a 100% disabled veteran, I’m not capable of working 40 hours a week; I’m doing great if I can work 20 hours,” Hall continues. “I may be up a week. Then without any reason, I can just as easily be down a week. I do not know of any employers that would allow me to pick and choose my own hours, without advance notice.”
As a mystery shopper, Hall is registered with more than 50 companies. His work traverses all fields; on any given day, he’s as likely to review an organization’s professional services as the appearance of a gas station’s fuel pump. He provides detailed information for retail workers to gain insight into areas for immediate development, develop their professional skills and earn more money. “If I was required to work for only one company, I would be out of work,” he says.
Not only does Hall believe in the independent contractor model, he is also a proponent of stimulating the local economy by buying goods and services from area businesses. “I spend thousands of dollars a year on electronics, gasoline, printing paper, and even services from other contractors in my community.”
“No one single company covers all the fields in which I work,” Hall concludes. “Few people, even my friends, know about my work—and I realize that it’s a necessity to remain that way. When I am asked, I simply say that I am a business consultant.”