Re: 1099 -- What to ask?

Subject: Re: 1099 -- What to ask?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: techwr-l digest recipients <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 05 Jul 2000 09:20:09 -0700

Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com> wrote:

>Many companies will take advice from freelancers, rather than their own
>employees. The freelancer may not be subject to internal politics and if
>things go wrong, there is a convenient scapegoat.

Moreover, a freelancer - a "consultant" in the language of the
suits - is perceived as an expert, and therefore receives more
respect than an employee. I supsect this perception is a

The rationalization may go something like this: The company is
paying the consultant, and often paying more than it would pay an
employee. This decision must be a good one, or the people who
made it must be bad at their jobs. As a result, the consultant
must be good, too.

An employee may be no less skilled than a consultant, but they're
seen everyday. Other people in the company have a chance to see
their foibles. Moreover, without the need to justify a decision,
the usual perception of writing creeps in: it's something that
anybody can do, so those who do it aren't worthy of respect.

Or so I imagine.

Bruce Byfield, Outlaw Communications
Contributing Editor, Maximum Linux
bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com | Tel: 604.421.7189

"And see ye yon bonnie, bonnier road
That winds about the fernie brae?
That is the road to fair Elfland,
Where you and I this night must gae."
- Trad. "Thomas the Rhymer"

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