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Independent Contractors in Pop Culture

Independent contracting means running your own enterprise, performing work for clients as needed and getting paid on the results you deliver.

We don’t see too many independent contractors in movies and TV shows, which is understandable given how employment is the mainstream option.

So we thought we’d give a few examples of popular characters that we’d hazard would be classified as independent contractors. Check them out:

1. Frank Martin // Transporter

Frank Martin

2. Han Solo & Chewbacca // Package delivery

Han Solo and Chewie

3. Deadpool // Merc with a mouth


4. Bronn (Game of Thrones) // Bodyguard


5. Nathan Drake (Uncharted series) // Marine salvage

Nathan Drake

6. Jack Sparrow // Cargo acquisition and transport

Jack Sparrow

7. Jaqen H’ghar (Game of Thrones) // Impersonator


8. Geralt of Rivia (Witcher series) // Pest control


9. Sherlock Holmes & Dr. John Watson // Private investigators

Sherlock and Watson

10. Guardians of the Galaxy // Heroes for hire

Guardians of the Galaxy

As you can see, there are plenty of enterprising, self-employed characters in pop culture. They chose to have a go on their own, making a living doing what they love. Just a sampling of the perks of being an independent contractor!

We’re sure we’ve missed a lot of other characters who should be on this list. Let us know in the comments below or via social media 🙂

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