The gig economy has really taken off over the last decade or so. For independent workers, this has produced countless new opportunities. On the one hand, being an independent worker gives you freedom and flexibility. For example, you can carve out your own schedule to take better control over your career. On the other hand, you lack certain benefits and protections given to more traditional employees. Follow these steps to learn how you can be be hired as an employee.
Review your hiring eligibility
Some gig platforms and staffing agencies don’t allow workers to be hired as employees. See if this topic is covered in your gig platform or staffing agency agreement. If there’s a rule against being hired off of the platform, it isn’t worth risking the reputation you’ve built.
Use the relationship(s) you built
Next, tell your direct supervisor about wanting to be onboarded. This is especially beneficial if you already have a good relationship with them. They might tell you directly if it’s a conversation you can have with them. If it’s not, they can advise if you should consult the Human Resources department.
Explain why you want to be hired
Be prepared to explain why being a hired employee is so important to you. Mention your history of working for the company and the quality of work you’ve been able to do. Be clear about what else you could bring to the table as an employee. Your previous work experience will speak for itself. However, you should also state your case on why you’re worth their investment.
In the end, continuing on as an independent contractor certainly has its benefits. But if you’re looking for something more, you can try to ask a company to hire you as an employee. Don’t hesitate to start the conversation. Look into your agreements, take advantage of the relationships you’ve built, and you just might find yourself hired as an employee.
About the Author: Stephen Lilley earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Over the last decade as a professional writer he has written more than 15,000 unique pieces of content in areas ranging from entertainment to technology to finance, real estate and more.