Free to be my own supervisor!
Field Technician (Former Employee) – Tulsa and surrounding areas, OK – June 13, 2016
I worked with this employer for just over half a year before leaving for a possible better job opportunity. The job consisted of me doing field repair work for Dell computers under warranty as an independent contractor.
My day-to-day consisted of logging into a web portal form home every morning and checking what work I was given, I was free to accept or reject jobs as I saw fit and contact the end users to schedule the repairs with them and plan my route. I then drove my personal vehicle to a package depot to pick up the parts sent out for those jobs and travel to those locations and do the repairs. After the repair is complete I call in to the dispatcher leaving them the information to close out the warranty repair request. At the end of the day I returned the failed parts to the depot and go home.
The job was alright, as I was independent and free to work my own hours, which was great for work and life balance, the pay was decent though I should have negotiated for more. I really enjoyed being able to drive and see so many places though I did have to do so with my own car. Generally customers were very receptive and glad to have their computers fixed but like any position there is the occasional sour one.
Also, having to pay up my own taxes come tax season, not the best thing in the world either.
Overall, I did enjoy the experience, and if I could be offered substantially more pay than I got when I was there, I'd probably go back, even with the downsides.
Self-managed, working out of home, fairly stress-free
Being your own employer, paying your own taxes, no health benefits