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Independent, Pioneering Spirit

By Greg Huggins
Posted Mar 16th 2021 8:31AM

What happened to the independent, pioneering spirit that brought forth this great country we live in? It was and is the entrepreneurial drive that moves this economy. The idea of building a better life as the boss, rather than working for one. When freelancers, contractors and independent thinkers are allowed to start and grow a business, jobs are created based on merit, local and national economies thrive and the workforce is allowed to grow to meet the new demands of new business owners. When freelancers, contractors and independent thinkers are allowed to start and grow a business, new products are developed. When freelancers, contractors and independent thinkers are allowed to start and grow a business, better quality products and services are available. When freelancers, contractors and independent thinkers are allowed to start and grow a business, we can compete. When freelancers, contractors and independent thinkers are not allowed to start and grow a business, there will be a void that few employees could fill.

 As a free country, we are given the choice to work where we want, do the type of work we enjoy and reap the rewards for ourselves if we decide to start a business as an independent owner. No one should be forced in a labor situation they do not want. 

Many people like unions. Many more do not. Many people like the employee status. Many more do not. Many people choose not to work at all. Many, many more work hard every day without the protection of an outdated organization and thrive based on ability, rather than longevity or security from an ogre threatening to crush your business if you do not conform to the worker’s demands. Since when does the employee tell the boss or the owner how things should be done? If the ogre knows better than the owner, why doesn’t the ogre start a business? Oh, yeah, they did, but it usually conflicts with the real business, as they both have the same employees.

Personally, I know unions had a place in our society many years ago. We now have other organizations to help protect workers while on the job. Unions have outlived their usefulness, just like the steam engine automobile. 

There is still a strong entrepreneur in many Americans. No matter what is thrown at us, we will overcome the obstacle. This is something that those against the independent business model will never understand. 


See you down the road,

Greg