I heard that Michigan passed the Right to Work law that allows employees the choice of participating in Unions or not. I think this is fair. An employee should have the right to choose if a portion of their hard earned income should go to compensate a Union. If the Union proves their value to employees, then this law should work out just fine.
As you can probably guess, I am not a Union employee and probably never will be. I operate as a business, so profits are just as important to me as they are to any company that I may do work for. If what I do is of value, my employers / clients will make a profit that will trickle down to me.
Part of wanting the flexibility of having a work at home opportunity is determining what is fair for both you, the at home worker and your employer / client. There’s a balance in your perceived value and your demands. I personally have never seen the value in Unions for some industries and business. The recent upset with what happened to Hostess Brands is an example of how I perceive a large group’s belief in entitlement led to their own downfall.
Whatever work you may find, be it contract labor or a regular job, treat your employer as a client. I am not telling you to give them the best and lowest price, I suggest giving them full value for what they are compensating you to do. Work closely with them to evolve with their business model. Whatever can be reported, be sure to report and deliver a presentation that will show that you are worth every dime they spend on you.
This might sound like a lot of effort, but when you get to the point where you have a consistent stream of income, you’ll want to make sure you maintain or grow that income and the best way to do that is to show your value. The easiest way to show your value is by tracking and reporting on what you do, your effectiveness and anything that your employer will appeal to.
Now what if your employer / client is not making a profit? Then, should they be paying their employees more than they can afford? What’s your opinion on this?