This is a question that a fellow co-worker and I have. We want a rough idea as to about how many CFIs work as an employee versus a independent contractor? (I consider an employee someone who has their employer deducting taxes and an independent contractor is someone who pays self-employment taxes or freelances.) The number of CFIs on this site should be a good sample size. This is not for a school project or research, just fun.
Some people prefer dealing with one type of business method over another. I just was curious about this topic.
What boat are you guys in?
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We get paid poorly, thats how. But it's not a job, it's a hobby you get paid for. When someone pays you to fly them around, then it will be a job.
I very much disagree with this statement. True being a CFI is not the highest paying job around but to state that is a pure hobby is inaccurate. As a full-time flight instructor I do consider myself a professional and conduct myself in that manner. Having had other traditional "real jobs" I could see how some people may consider it a hobby, but remember the student is paying often times good money for you to be there, it is your duty to provide them with quality, efficient instruction.
plus, most hobbies are almost always fun....it's not always fun 'saving' the student and yourself on occasion!...Flight Instruction is a profession,,,tell your local FSDO its a hobby and see how fast the 709 letter hits your mail box!
If it aint Boeing....I aint going!!!
I very much disagree with this statement. True being a CFI is not the highest paying job around but to state that is a pure hobby is inaccurate. As a full-time flight instructor I do consider myself a professional and conduct myself in that manner.
I very much agree. "Professional" refers to an attitude, not a pay scale.