Who's Hiring Freelancers: EchoScribe, CardioRisk Laboratories and Forward Air Freight


If you need extra money but don't want a staff job, freelance work may be the answer. These days, companies hire freelancers for everything from writing and design to delivery and sales.

Pros and cons: You usually don't get benefits, but can often set your own schedule and may even be able to work from home. The pay is self-employment income, and is viewed differently than normal wages by the IRS. You'll need to file specific tax forms with your annual return — and, depending on what you earn, you might need to submit quarterly tax payments. On the plus side, you can deduct many of your expenses, and may qualify for the home office deduction.

Here are three companies hiring independent contractors right now.


What they do: Medical transcription and billing services.

Freelance opportunities available: Sales management associate.

Requirements: Good communication skills, ability to work quickly.

Hours/Pay: Hours are flexible, but must be able to follow up on leads promptly. Pay is $200 a week, with eligibility to earn commissions after five months.

Other info: The position is ideally suited for a transcriptionist who is already familiar with the medical transcription industry.

Apply here.

Next Page: CardioRisk Laboratories

CardioRisk Laboratories

What they do: Medical device company.

Freelance opportunities available: Sales consultants and sales executives.

Requirements: Will need excellent sales skills. Experience with medical device sales is a plus.

Hours/Pay: Consultants make their own schedules, but work is generally done during office hours. Company says the salary ranges from $60,000 and up, with no cap on commissions. Consultants receive immediate commissions of 10% to 15% on sales.

Other info: Will be expected to meet minimum performance sales levels.

Apply here.

Forward Air Freight

What they do: Transportation and trucking company.

Freelance opportunities available: Drivers who are owner/operators.

Requirements: Must be at least 23 years old, with recent over the road experience and a Class A CDL with hazmat. Must have no felonies, DUIs or DWIs.

Hours/Pay: Hours are based on routes and number of miles involved. Teams average 5,500 miles per week. Solo drivers earn 93 cents per mile, with teams earning a slightly higher rate. Company pays all tolls.

Other info: Most terminals are located just off major interstates.

Apply here.

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