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.
These are the most important things to think about when deciding to become an independent contractor with companies like Doordash, Uber Eats, Instacart and so many others. Whether you are just getting started or you've been at this awhile, these things will help you take control of your gig work.
While delivery for Doordash, Uber Eats, Instacart, Grubhub and others has a lot of appeal, there are some very real problems. We look at seven warnings that may make you want to reconsider independent contractor delivery.
Does it make sense to deliver full-time for Doordash? Is it a good idea to quit your job because it seems like you could make more with Uber Eats, Instacart and others? We examine seven questions to ask yourself before making such a decision.
Who is your customer when you are an independent worker in the gig economy? We examine why the companies like Doordash, Uber, and Instacart are your true customers, and how understanding that truth changes your approach to gig work.
A business is only good if it can be profitable. When is it time to move on from delivering for gig economy companies? How do you know when it's time to move on to something else? We examine what to look for and how to know when to say when.
One of the greatest differentiators for successful business owners is having an exit plan. That includes having an end game and an idea what you will do next. What does life after delivery contracting have to offer for you? How do you see your gig work preparing you for the next phase?
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 EntreCourier.com 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.