First: Tune in to Where is My Guru? today at 11am EST to hear a prerecorded interview with The Babarazzi’s own diabolical deliverer of dainty discriminations, Aghori Babarazzi. In truth, none of us can remember what he said, and are really hoping he didn’t accidentally slip into a K-Hole and start rambling about Hanger 18 or how ocean + forest = horses.
Second: Guess who’s got some Smarty Smartenstein readers? That’s right. Yesterday, Babarazzinis from all walks of yogic life gathered in the comments section to bat back-and-forth the pros and cons of being an “independent contractor-yogi” -vs- “employee-yogi” (W2), proving once again that Babarazzi readers are not always stumbling drunk or tricked out on ludes when they come around here. Well done, you bunch o’ crazies!
To get you up to speed:
@gross was the first to challenge the piece, stating that…
“[YFNY's] new mission is to save the ass of the studio owners so they can get away with treating their “employees” like freelancers. forcing them into independent contractor status, despite being told what to teach, when to teach, to practice & be part of their studio, and shifting schedules around willy-nilly. possibly a handful of confused yoga teachers out there want to be on independent contractor status, but any teacher with a sense about finance will realize that its better to be treated at employees and get a W2, meaning the studio owners pay their unemployment taxes and SS.”
@lookingdeeper showed up and was like, yeah right…
“A local yoga studio in general is no cash cow. On average, most teachers at a studio teach 1-3 classes and/or make around $100 or less. For a studio to pay taxes on say 20 teachers would put them out of business. Honestly, would you consider someone making between $40-$150 / week an employee? Do you realize the repercussions on a small business? An employee connotes that one would be working at only ONE studio. That is not true as far I can see. Most yoga teachers are all over the place. That by definition is an Independent Contractor.”
Then, @The Babarazzi tried to chime in, but no one listens to us anyway, so @J Brown made his mark with retorts revolving around this idea:
“Having made a living as an independent yoga teacher for more then ten years before becoming a yoga center owner five years ago, I can say that the independent contractor status is definitely in the best interest of yoga teachers. There is no way that you are going to be able to teach enough classes at one center, you have to teach at more then one place and that’s why its better for you to be your own business.”
Then @Death and Taxes brought the heat and made everyone take out their calculators in order to crunch some actual numbers. S/he was all…
“But in exchange for that luxury, you are paying a guaranteed 6% extra on every dollar you make for social security. You are purchasing your own health insurance. At Equinox or PURE (same company), if you teach 5 hours a week you are eligible for coverage at a rate (last time I checked) of less than $350 per month. Tell me anywhere else in the country I can work 5 hours a week and get health care. Equivalent coverage on the private market averages $1000 per month. You are foregoing worker’s comp, and equivalent disability insurance on the private market is hundreds of dollars a month. Or you go uncovered. And unemployment insurance? Just forget about it.”
But, you could tell s/he was distracted by a lingering question:
“[W]hy does my avatar icon look like a dick with a smiley face on it? …Is that what I look like?!”
From our perspective, everyone seemed to make very very very strong arguments. Volleys were served. Strong replies were returned. This leads us to believe that what yoga teachers really need are………………options. (gasp!)
Also, yes, @Death and Taxes. The avatars on the site are computer renderings of each commenter’s true nature (upon waking up from a long night of binge drinking). Freshen up, son!