After I lost a job 5 years ago (ok it was non-renewal of a contract) I was instantly offered subcontractor status. It took a while for me to come to terms with that loss of perceived job security and I had sought out the advice of Ken Phillips from Independent Contractors Australia
Ken asked me a challenging question at the time:
"Do you want to be an independent contractor or do you want to be an employee?"
And at the time I really had to admit to myself that I yearned to be employed. That was 5 years ago. Sure, over this 5 years I have had a very solid anchor client but increasingly the idea of being on someone else's payroll makes me feel wary.
Still, there is a job being advertised at the moment that I like the look of. Never say never.