I have been freelancing for almost 20 years. I’m a direct response copy writer and creative director, which means that I work on email campaigns, landing pages, blog posts, direct mail sales letters and website copy. My clients are companies in the natural health and vitamin industry.
My favorite part of being an independent contractor is the versatility. My career not only pays me quite well, but it also allowed me to work at home and be around to raise my daughter. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
What will happen to me if S863 (formerly S4204/A5936) becomes law: My business will be considerably curtailed. One client pays me close to $60,000 in billings every year. Another pays me more than $40,000. My clients will either give me much less work or use other writers so that they don’t have to deal with the new legal hassles of working with a writer in New Jersey.
Please respect my many years of hard work: I have spent 20 years building up my client base. I do not want to see my hard-earned income and career suffer because lawmakers don’t understand how independent contractors work. That’s what is currently happening in California because of its version of S863 (formerly S4204), and I’ll end up like people in that state: forced to sell my house and move out of New Jersey, away from my 88-year-old mother and the rest of my family. I will have no choice.
What I want lawmakers to know: S863 (formerly S4204) will take away the career and livelihood that I have spent two decades of my life creating. I’m a success story. Please don’t turn my life into a tragedy. Kill S863.