Why I’m an Independent Contractor: Every morning, Monday through Saturday, I get up before dawn to connect with and teach English to children in China, through an online app. I teach up to six 25-minute classes each morning. I’ve been doing this for two years and I love it. It’s my dream job.
I choose to be an independent contractor for several reasons. I like the flexibility of choosing my own schedule and the ability to work from home with no long commute. My hourly pay rate is better as an independent contractor than it was as a salaried employee.
It’s also better for my health and well-being. I have chronic Lyme disease, which comes with chronic pain, lowered immunity, and fatigue. At my salaried, brick and mortar job, because of limited sick time, I was forced to go to work when I was ill. I would end up being treated for bronchitis multiple times a year and had severe asthma flare ups. Because I work shorter hours from home, when the fatigue from my illness overcomes me, I have the flexibility to get the rest my body needs. My hours and flexible schedule also allows me to focus on caring for my family and home. Because I only work three hours in the mornings, I have the energy to keep my home in order.
Why I’m Worried: The company I contract to has already stopped hiring independent contractors in California, and they will not continue to hire independent contractors in New Jersey if this bill passes! My family will lose my income. My husband and I just bought our first house. We rely on my income to help pay our bills, including my student loans.
What Lawmakers Need to Understand: S863 will cause thousands of New Jersey residents to lose their incomes. Many of the people who are independent contractors don’t have the option or want to be “employees.”