The New Face of "Free Agent Nation"

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    Heidi Hess spent $578 to become a service provider, offering call center services. “Home work shift,” an article in the Dallas Morning News, profiles the newest face of telecommuting, in which individuals open shop to provide low cost at-home operatins in transcription, medical coding, proofreading, administrative assistance and so on.

    Sourcingmag.com itself uses a transcription service in Wyoming, a call center service in Canada, a design service in San Diego and Web development services in Eastern Washington. That involves just some of the 16.5 million people who have been identified by The Dieringer Research Group as acting as contract telecommuters. (Another 24.1 million telecommuters have permanent positions.)

    Sure, lots of them are perma-temp reps for larger companies, such as Ms. Hess, who works for Working Solutions, Inc. But “Free Agent Nation” is certainly becoming a force. Now, if only truly affordable and transferable health/dental/vision/life insurance were available…

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