The Silent Subcontractor’

Lau­ra Kalbag in her col­umn on A List Apart:

For the last four years I’ve had this daft rule: I don’t work with agencies.

Why was I doing this? I was real­ly just attribut­ing a few dodgy prac­tices to all agencies—and min­i­miz­ing my poten­tial to work with great peo­ple. By a basic def­i­n­i­tion, an agency is just a col­lec­tive that pro­duces work for clients. If I worked with one more per­son, I could be an agency. Now I’m feel­ing a bit sil­ly for dis­crim­i­nat­ing for so long. 

Great advice for inde­pen­dent con­trac­tors. Lau­ra’s per­spec­tive has def­i­nite­ly changed the way I look at the issue.