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Being an independent agent has its advantages and disadvantages. A big advantage is you get to choose who it is you work for. You can pick companies with good reputations, benefit plans, etc. But, with that freedom comes some responsibility. It is your responsibility to investigate if this is the best position for you. For example, if you are told, "Benefits Offered," great. But it's up to you to find out:

Another aspect to consider when evaluating companies is "Are commissions offered?" If so, does that mean residuals are not offered? Some ISOs confuse the two or choose to opt for a commission over a residual and "take the money and run." It is up to you to figure out exactly what the company offers and what is best for you.

When it comes to residuals, some is better than none. But, you can't just assume that since a company offers residuals, it is the company for you. When it comes to residuals, it's important to find out

Just as all companies are not the same, all residual packages are not the same and as an independent employee, it is up to you to find out where the best deal is for you.