Online ESL Teacher

Amanda Fredericks

I love my job teaching English as a second language online with VIPKid. It has allowed me to connect with children across the world, build strong relationships with people of other cultures, and give me a sense of pride and confidence about my teaching abilities. I would be devastated to lose this job.

Believe me, I know that it’s not for everybody. I wake up at 4 a.m. and teach from 4:30 a.m. until 8 am. I work Monday through Saturday, and I often work Friday or Saturday nights from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. For me, it’s a great situation. It pays well and allows me to homeschool my children.

What will happen to me if S863 (formerly S4204/A5936) becomes law: Without this job, I would lose my family’s second income, which we need to make ends meet. I am grateful to have this job. I am happy to be an independent contractor. I do not need health benefits, insurance or overtime. My family is covered through my husband’s insurance.

What I want lawmakers to know: Leave those of us who choose to be independent contractors alone. I am a taxpaying and hard-working citizen. This bill will not only destroy my family, but it will destroy many, many more. No one will be able to afford to pay their bills.


Krystle Dodge

I am the primary breadwinner in my family, and as the mom of a toddler, I love the work-life balance of being a freelance writer. I really enjoy the autonomy and freedom to take on new assignments (or to skip offers). I also love the variety of the work I do.

If I could no longer work as a freelancer, then I would have to find a traditional job (which would mean paying more for child care, having less time with my family and, in my industry, making considerably less money) or I would have to move out of New Jersey (which I would hate to do, because our family and friends are here and we just bought what we consider our forever home).

What I want lawmakers to know: Please think carefully before limiting the career options of those who choose to be self-employed. The state should not infringe on the right of individuals to work as they choose. Vote no on S863.

Direct sales consultant, Online ESL Teacher, Social media evaluator, Transcriber

Christina Lukac

I lost my job as a corporate trainer when I was on maternity leave with my newborn twins. I was unable to return to work at a traditional job because of the incredibly high child-care costs for three kids, so I started working as an independent contractor from home. During the past four years, I have worked as a direct sales consultant, social media evaluator, transcriber and online teacher of English as a second language.

My independent contractor work has allowed me to put food on my family’s table. I also have a chronic condition with my pelvis that can make long commutes and sitting in an office all day very painful; working remotely has allowed me to have a flexible schedule that my body can handle.

What will happen to me if S863 (formerly S4204/A5936) becomes law: I don’t know how we will make ends meet. I have been looking for a full-time traditional job for months, but I can’t find anyone who will hire me. Jobs are not going to magically appear if you enact this legislation. Instead, you are going to take away the work that I have established for myself.

I depend on this income to help provide for my family. We are already struggling and can’t afford to have any less income.

What I want lawmakers to understand: As an independent contractor, I know that I don’t have traditional benefits, but I choose to remain independent because I can create my own schedule and work as much or as little as I please. No big company is exploiting me. You need to target the bad actors, not the individuals like me.