Independent consultants are small businesses — sectoral bargaining could wipe us out

Each election cycle politicians at every level claim that they are a small business candidate — that they will support policies to help small business owners grow and flourish. However, right now, lawmakers at the state and federal levels continue to propose policies that would absolutely devastate the ability of independent consultants to make a living as self-employed professionals.

I have made independent consulting my career for nearly 20 years, so I could make good money while having a flexible schedule, especially when my daughter was young. I started as an independent consultant for Fortune 500 companies, then formed my first company to represent other solo consultants, and then later created a first-of-its-kind trade association for self-employed professionals, the Professional Independent Consultants of America. For me and countless other professionals and solopreneurs, it’s important that we are hired and paid on a business-to-business…

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