Independent Contractor Update: PayPal!

Friday, May 29, 2020

WE LISTENED TO YOUR FEEDBACK

Effective June 1, 2020, our Independent Contractor Disbursement Policy is changing. All assignments completed on or after June1st will only disbursed through a PayPal account. This will be our sole method of disbursement and therefore we will no longer provide the option of a paper check or direct deposit.

As you are aware, we survey Independent Contractors on a regular basis to gather feedback on various issues. Providing PayPal as our payment process has consistently been requested. By making this switch we will:

  • Require less personal information
  • Simplify the disbursement process for Independent Contractors and Alta360 Research
  • Give Independent Contractors more options on what to do with their money and what bank accounts are linked to their PayPal account
  • Eliminate the need for Alta360 Research to provide a 1099 to each Independent Contractor who receives more than $600 per year in fees. PayPal will be responsible for providing Independent Contractors with a 1099-K, if required.

Do you still need a PayPal account? Please click here to link to PayPal's "getting started" help guide, or here to sign up for an account.

We are happy to make this change, so keep a look out for future feedback surveys from Alta360 Research.

 Remember to check for opportunities often. Stay positive. Stay healthy.


Independent Contractor Update: Paypal!

Friday, May 29, 2020

WE LISTENED TO YOUR FEEDBACK

Effective June 1, 2020, our Independent Contractor Disbursement Policy is changing. All assignments completed on or after June1st will only disbursed through a PayPal account. This will be our sole method of disbursement and therefore we will no longer provide the option of a paper check or direct deposit.

As you are aware, we survey Independent Contractors on a regular basis to gather feedback on various issues. Providing PayPal as our payment process has consistently been requested. By making this switch we will:

  • Require less personal information
  • Simplify the disbursement process for Independent Contractors and Alta360 Research
  • Give Independent Contractors more options on what to do with their money and what bank accounts are linked to their PayPal account
  • Eliminate the need for Alta360 Research to provide a 1099 to each Independent Contractor who receives more than $600 per year in fees. PayPal will be responsible for providing Independent Contractors with a 1099-K, if required.

Do you still need a PayPal account? Please click here to link to PayPal's "getting started" help guide, or here to sign up for an account.

We are happy to make this change, so keep a look-out for future feedback surveys from Alta360 Research.

 Remember to check for opportunities often. Stay positive. Stay healthy.


Independent Contractor Update 05/13/2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Independent Contractor Update 05/13/2020

  • As lockdown restrictions ease across the US, opportunities are beginning to return.
  • Please visit our Facebook Page to see a short video about performing assignments during the decline of Covid-19 and your responsibilities as an Independent Contractor.

 Remember to check for opportunities often. Stay positive. Stay healthy.


Independent Contractor Update 05/13/2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Independent Contractor Update 05/13/2020

  • As lockdown restrictions ease across the US, opportunities are beginning to return.
  • Please visit our Facebook Page to see a short video about performing assignments during the decline of Covid-19 and your responsibilities as an Independent Contractor.

 Remember to check for opportunities often. Stay positive. Stay healthy.


Client Update 05/11/2020

Monday, May 11, 2020

Resumption of Programs

Governors have eased restrictions in ALL states except Connecticut, which is scheduled to be eased on May 20th.  As a result, many clients who suspended their programs are resuming them effective June 1st. I have instructed our Account Managers to contact each of you on the resumption of your various programs. Due to high demand, if you are contemplating resuming your program with an effective date of June 1st, we ask that you inform us not later than close of business on Friday, May 15th. If contacted after this date, we will work as quickly as possible to get your programs relaunched, we just cannot guarantee a June 1st launch.

Guidelines will be updated to require that all field work conducted, by Independent Contractors, must comply with all governmental requirements, such as facial coverings/masks and social distancing. If you have specific or more stringent guidelines, then let your Account Manager know so that we can address your proposed restrictions.

As many of you may know, we have been conducting retail food audits for a very long time. We are expanding these operations to include safety compliance, given the world in which we now live. Many of you have already contacted us about these capabilities, so if you are interested please ask your Account Manager.

Well, one thing we can say is that we all have survived a very important point in history that will be analyzed for many generations. I just want you to know that the staff of Alta360 Research is committed to helping you and the economy get back into motion.

Regards,
Stanley Gene Hart
CEO
Alta360 Research Inc.


Client Update 05/11/2020

Monday, May 11, 2020

Resumption of Programs

Governors have eased restrictions in ALL states except Connecticut, which is scheduled to be eased on May 20th.  As a result, many clients who suspended their programs are resuming them effective June 1st. I have instructed our Account Managers to contact each of you on the resumption of your various programs. Due to high demand, if you are contemplating resuming your program with an effective date of June 1st, we ask that you inform us not later than close of business on Friday, May 15thIf contacted after this date, we will work as quickly as possible to get your programs relaunched, we just cannot guarantee a June 1st launch.

Guidelines will be updated to require that all field work conducted, by Independent Contractors, must comply with all governmental requirements, such as facial coverings/masks and social distancing. If you have specific or more stringent guidelines, then let your Account Manager know so that we can address your proposed restrictions.

As many of you may know, we have been conducting retail food audits for a very long time. We are expanding these operations to include safety compliance, given the world in which we now live. Many of you have already contacted us about these capabilities, so if you are interested please ask your Account Manager.

Well, one thing we can say is that we all have survived a very important point in history that will be analyzed for many generations. I just want you to know that the staff of Alta360 Research is committed to helping you and the economy get back into motion.

Regards,
Stanley Gene Hart
CEO
Alta360 Research Inc.


Independent Contractor Update 04/23/2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Independent Contractor Update 04/23/2020

  1. The Question on everyone’s mind is when will things get back to normal? The key word here is normal. While every thing closed down over a very short period of time, we do not think this will be the case on the resumption of operations. Each of our clients will have to make this decision based upon their industry and their geographic footprint. Some client programs have never stopped and therefore, there are opportunities available right now. While there is a degree of uncertainty remaining, most clients are talking about resuming their programs within the next four weeks. We feel a lot of the programs will resume during May with a few holding up until June 1.  
  2. What things may be different upon resumption? The world we knew before the pandemic is gone and the world going forward will be new to us all. Here is a list of things which could possibly be different.
  • IC’s may be required to wear a protective mask either by the client or the government.
  • Social distancing measures will most likely remain in effect. This could include standing/walking/sitting distance or the number of people allowed in a store at one time.
  • Opportunities will be taken very quickly. There is not going to be a full inventory of opportunities as programs will be resumed on a staggered basis. Therefore, demand will be high with limited supply. A lot of workers have been displaced and the number of sign-ups on our site has increased dramatically over the last 4 weeks.
  1. What can I, as an IC, do right now? Take advantage of this downtime so as things are resumed you can focus on completing opportunities. This could include:
  • Make sure your profile is up to date.
  • If there are opportunities which require client certification, take care of these now. Then if the competition is high for opportunities you will have a greater chance of getting the opportunity for which you applied.
  • Check the opportunity boards and your email often. We are all anxious to get back to work so people are going to be moving fast. For instance, if a client calls today to restart a program on May 1st, we will post these opportunities ASAP.
  • Learn more about other industries and build your knowledge by taking MSPA educational programs. MSPA offers a wide range of learning modules. Right now, I believe they are offering some discounts. To learn more, go to MSPA Certification. By doing this, you will be eligible for more opportunities and improve your stature compared to other IC’s.
  1. What should I do if restrictions still exist in my area?  We do 10,000’s of evaluations per month and cannot possibly keep up with all the fast-paced changes taking place in each state and local municipality. It is each IC's responsibility to make sure that they comply with any local, state or federal Coronavirus/COVID-19 restrictions. If you do not feel safe or restrictions are in place in your area, do not accept the opportunity. We understand completely. Safety first.

We wish all of you the best and look forward to better times in the near future. Remember to check for opportunities often. Stay positive. Stay healthy.


Independent Contractor Update 04/23/2020

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Independent Contractor Update 04/23/2020

  1. The Question on everyone’s mind is when will things get back to normal? The key word here is normal. While every thing closed down over a very short period of time, we do not think this will be the case on the resumption of operations. Each of our clients will have to make this decision based upon their industry and their geographic footprint. Some client programs have never stopped and therefore, there are opportunities available right now. While there is a degree of uncertainty remaining, most clients are talking about resuming their programs within the next four weeks. We feel a lot of the programs will resume during May with a few holding up until June 1.  
  2. What things may be different upon resumption? The world we knew before the pandemic is gone and the world going forward will be new to us all. Here is a list of things which could possibly be different.
  • IC’s may be required to wear a protective mask either by the client or the government.
  • Social distancing measures will most likely remain in effect. This could include standing/walking/sitting distance or the number of people allowed in a store at one time.
  • Opportunities will be taken very quickly. There is not going to be a full inventory of opportunities as programs will be resumed on a staggered basis. Therefore, demand will be high with limited supply. A lot of workers have been displaced and the number of sign-ups on our site has increased dramatically over the last 4 weeks.
  1. What can I, as an IC, do right now? Take advantage of this downtime so as things are resumed you can focus on completing opportunities. This could include:
  • Make sure your profile is up to date.
  • If there are opportunities which require client certification, take care of these now. Then if the competition is high for opportunities you will have a greater chance of getting the opportunity for which you applied.
  • Check the opportunity boards and your email often. We are all anxious to get back to work so people are going to be moving fast. For instance, if a client calls today to restart a program on May 1st, we will post these opportunities ASAP.
  • Learn more about other industries and build your knowledge by taking MSPA educational programs. MSPA offers a wide range of learning modules. Right now, I believe they are offering some discounts. To learn more, go to MSPA Certification. By doing this, you will be eligible for more opportunities and improve your stature compared to other IC’s.
  1. What should I do if restrictions still exist in my area?  We do 10,000’s of evaluations per month and cannot possibly keep up with all the fast-paced changes taking place in each state and local municipality. It is each IC's responsibility to make sure that they comply with any local, state or federal Coronavirus/COVID-19 restrictions. If you do not feel safe or restrictions are in place in your area, do not accept the opportunity. We understand completely. Safety first.

We wish all of you the best and look forward to better times in the near future. Remember to check for opportunities often. Stay positive. Stay healthy.


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