Hey all, I'm from Holland which is on the west side of Michigan in the USA. I have been Independent for nearly 5 years and have loved every minute of it, turning down many good "permanent" job offers. My preference is Product Design but I also love designing Deep Draw Tooling. If any of you are Independent Contractors I'd love to converse with you, possibly starting a section where we can bounce things off from each other. Here in West Michigan we have a great group of people doing this and so far I haven't been undercut or snookered by any of my colleagues.