Freelancing

7 Steps to Launch Your Freelancing Career Full-Time

From Entrepreneur — Raubi Marie Perilli writes:  “Freelancing on the side is a great way to make a little extra cash or pursue a hobby. But for some passionate creatives and entrepreneurial types there comes a time when they wonder if they should make the move to full-time freelancing . Deciding to quit your day job and…

I quit! Why more than one-third of the U.S. workforce is going freelance

From the StarTribune.com,  Molly Priesmeyer writes “…part of the reason freelancers have become the newest, growing workforce is because the economy tanked. Unemployment rose during the recent recession, peaking at about 10 percent in 2009. There simply weren’t enough jobs to be had. As job insecurity reached a fevered pitch, people were forced to diversify their income portfolio…

Pan-American Life Insurance Group Introduces Their Independent Contractor Occupational Accident Product

From insurancenewsnet.com — “Pan-American Life Insurance Group (PALIG), a leading provider of insurance and financial services throughout the Americas, has announced a new Independent Contractor Occupational Accident product and program.  The new program, underwritten by Greenwood International Insurance Services, Inc. (GWI), a wholly owned subsidiary of PALIG, insures Independent Contractors for on-the-job injuries, including Contingent…

Silicon Valley’s Contract-Worker Problem

From NYMag  — “I first heard the term “1099 economy” at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt conference, where it was uttered not as a pejorative, but as a way to praise the innovative labor practices of Silicon Valley start-ups. When you order a service from one of these companies, the people who get paid to perform it…

Freelancers increasing in numbers

From delmarvanow— Rhonda Adams writes:  “Years ago when I started my own small business, I’d bristle when someone said, “So you’re a freelancer?” At the time, the idea of being a freelancer — someone without a full-time, paying position — seemed a pretty negative way to be described. That certainly has changed. Now, a third…

Freelancing: A Graduate’s Guide [INFOGRAPHIC]

via Freelancing: A Graduate’s Guide Related articles Freelancing after graduation? Here’s what to expect (thenextweb.com) 97% more college graduates will go into freelancing in 2014 (freelancersunion.org) The Third Option: Why I Encourage Students to Create Startups (open.bufferapp.com) Beginner’s Guide to a Freelance Web Career (teamtreehouse.com) Related posts: Freelancing Insights for the New Workforce The explosion of…

Freelancing is feminist

From the Freelancers Union – Kate Hamill writes “Freelancing (and its sister path, entrepreneurship) allows women to take their own power, and shape their own careers. It inherently builds self-reliance and autonomy.  It encourages you to build skill sets that make you competitive with any peer – be they man or woman. Freelancing can free…

Freelance workers a growing segment of California economy – LA Times

From LA Times — ” [W]orkers in California and elsewhere aren’t so sorry to give up the traditional 9-to-5 working life. Breaking away from a rigid schedule and a single employer offers a measure of freedom that appeals to their sense of entrepreneurship.Related: Initial jobless claims jump to 302,000 but remain lowJim PuzzangheraMany are driving for ride-sharing services…

The Shifting American Workforce: Growing Legions of Freelancers and Independent Contractors

From Inquisitr.com — “The freelance phenomenon may possibly be a result of shifting career attitudes held by younger generations. According to the Millennial Generation Research Review released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this age group has “witnessed instability in the workplace… and their parents’ jobs being downsized after years of service.” The review describes how nearly a…

The Myth of Being a Successful Freelancer 

From Gene Marks on the Huffington Post –  “There was once a time when it was just me. I was providing computer services. I was working a lot of hours. But I wasn’t making any money at it. If I stayed on that path I’d fail. Today, I’m making money. Why? Because I’m supervising 10…