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Thinking Like a Business Owner in the Gig Economy

The biggest mistake that independent contractors make, in my opinion, is to think like an employee instead of as a business owner.

If you signed up for gig work as an independent contractor, you agreed that you were providing services as a business, not as an employee.

The downside is, you don't have employee rights and protections. The trade-off is, you gain a lot of other rights and freedoms.

Companies like Doordash, Uber (Uber Eats), Instacart, Lyft, and Grubhub push the limits and try to get employees for the price of contractors. The best way to protect against exploitation is to embrace your role as a business owner, and treat your work as a business.

The following articles look at how to take control of your business by thinking and acting like a business owner.

Thinking Like a Business Owner

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About the Author

Ron Walter made the move from business manager at a non-profit to full time gig economy delivery in 2018 to take advantage of the flexibility of self-employment. He applied his thirty years experience managing and owning small businesses to treat his independent contractor role as the business it is.

Realizing his experience could help other drivers, he founded to encourage delivery drivers to be the boss of their own gig economy business.

Ron has been quoted in several national outlets including Business Insider, the New York Times, CNN and Market Watch.

You can read more about Ron's story,, background, and why he believes making the switch from a career as a business manager to delivering as an independent contractor was the best decision he could have made.

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