I’m in sales management consulting. I promote products in the Northeast, primarily professional audio products, for small manufacturers that can’t afford full-time employees.
I incorporated my company in New Jersey in 2002. Full-time self-employment has let me buy a home and raise a family by doing work for multiple companies at once. I have been able to establish a niche occupation that otherwise would not have existed, and manufacturers seek me out to help grow their sales as a result.
Why I’m worried about S863 (formerly S4204/A5936): This proposed legislation would simply force my clients to hire other independent sales reps outside of New Jersey. I would lose all my clients and all my income and destroy the company I’ve built over the last 18 years.
In addition, my wife is a freelance business writer who will also lose her income if this legislation passes. It’s conceivable that we would have to relocate outside of New Jersey.
What lawmakers need to understand: I’m not Uber. I’m a professional independent sales rep who is paid strictly on commissioned sales, a job that supports my family, benefits my clients and enables me to pay my considerable taxes. All of this will be lost if this legislation proceeds. It will benefit no one!