Everything has changed.
How many times have you heard that statement uttered but never exactly understood what everything was? In most cases, everything has changed. The way we view human interaction, make money, find a spouse, and discuss politics has changed. But one of the biggest shifts is the way we view jobs. No more are you an employee of a company, instead you are a brand representative of yourself.
20 years ago, the job market was full of employees. These employees sat in cubicles, worked in offices, stood on assembly lines, and helped us bag our groceries. It was the day of the employee. And everyone seemed to be happy with this. The system was set for how to become an employee, gain influence, and advance in the company. Fast forward to today, the only employment that is happening is unemployment and people are increasingly finding discontent as an employee. More and more people are shifting to contractors rather then employees.
The idea of a contractor comes about when people realize they do not need a big name behind them and instead just needed themselves. The contractor is the groupons of this world that took a model or system and created their own way of doing things. The contractor is Kevin Rose of the world who want to make cool apps and so they join up with their friends to launch a company that creates apps. The contractor is the one who collaborates with others, dreams with others, and executes ideas with others.
The Contractor vs the Employee comes down to the idea of how you see yourself.
Do I need the backing of a brand? Or am I brand myself?
Do I rely on others to fuel my ideas? Or is being me the fuel for ideas?
Am I limited by options? Or do I create different options to go beyond the limites?
Am I tied down in one place? Or am I able to move about from project to project?
Do I need security? Or am I willing to live with uncertainty?
These are all important questions to consider when weighing the battle of the Contractor vs the Employee.
I believe that contractors are relevant to todays market. They are the ones that have freedom, expansion, and blank canvases to work with. The very reason why you might be frustrated with your job is because you are an employee and not a contractor.