[website-critique] Re: Freelance Contract

  • From: "Jack Hand" <jackhand@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: websitecritique@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 01:30:50


  If you talk with some professional landscapers, they hardly
consider themselves to operate at the level of a mere computer
programmer.  After all, they are artists.  Programmers are mere
grunt laborers.  They merely follow the great directions and
full flowcharts provided by the analysts, the real brains of
the DP field.  Ha, Ha, Ha.  Was surprised that I could hold
my laughter in that long.   ;-)

  I thought that lawn mower reference would stir you up.

  Anyway, you will be operating on a 1099 basis.  You will have
to handle your taxes - the IRS can provide you with the necessary
forms.  And, your state will provide you with their required forms.

  You will have to handle your insurance.  If you can get under
your wife's you are fortunate.

  Understand this, many people will envy you.  So, best to keep
a somewhat low profile.  Don't tell people how much money you are
making.  And, don't be surprised if others try to sabotage you.
Employees can be very angry at contractors.  They think that our
presence indicates that they are not all that good.  Even though
this frequently is true, it is still smarter not to ever indicate
that this is your opinion.

  Good luck.  Many people need to try it.  If you are successful,
good.  If not, well, at least you tried.  So many people never


>From: "Vania Smrkovski" <vania@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>I hardly equate mowing the lawn with mainframe programming or web design,
>but if you wish....  I do thank you for your comments.  And in one sense 
>answered my questions by saying that contracts are not strictly necessary,
>which is something I did not know.  On the other hand, I have colleagues 
>have done work and did not get paid, and I do want to at least address that
>minimal need.
>Also, in the one case, since this is a long term relationship, it seems
>there should be some formal statement of the relationship, whether all of 
>concerns are contractually stipulated or not.
>Have you never come across any situation which required such protections?  
>mean, in one sense, isn't a simple work order itself a "contract"?
>Thank you and Peter for the links.  At first glance, they look fantastic.
>You say you've done this kind of work for 20 years.  What has been your
>experience with tax and insurance issues?  I can probably get my wife's
>Unviersity Student insurance, but I would be interested if you have other
>thoughts, as well.
>A lot!

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