More Minnesota contractors choosing to work for themselves

  • Article by: Adam Belz , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 25, 2013 - 4:16 PM

The recession caused firms to cut back on hiring, and many workers have left the state or workforce. But others thrive on their own.

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verdepatoAug. 25, 13 6:20 AM

What this article does not point out Is that many still work by the hour but claim to be subcontractors. The rules and regs in Minnesota are for to overwhelming and expensive

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rambler89Aug. 25, 13 5:09 PM

@ verdepato: There's no contradiction between working by the hour and being a subcontractor. I don't know about the construction industry, but in many other businesses, even large firms charge their clients by the hour. It's the unions and the IRS (the two worst enemies of any independent) who try to tell people that charging by the hour makes one an employee. What gives them the lie is the fact that they apply this only to little people who charge by the hour--not to lawyers, accountants, and such. The real criterion, of course, is taking responsibility for finding your own work in the long run--which means you're doing more than just the job for which you charge hourly (and are likely to have at least some expenses associated with this business activity.)

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mrprogressiveAug. 25, 13 8:21 PM

Subcontractors also brunt the safety risks. OSHA would love to know about contractors that dont wear work boots, hardhats and safety glasses. As a safety manager at a large Minneapolis plant. I would not allow these guys to be on my property without proper PPE (personal protective equipment) not only for the safety risk, but because they seem unprofessional.

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leac0010Aug. 26, 13 6:47 PM

He left his job in July. He doesn't have a clue. I know many decent people who are doing this. If you are paying insurance and taxes legitimately it is not the gravytrain he is claiming. He hasn't even been through winter yet.

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