Freelancers increasing in numbers

bc-GAN-SMALLBIZ 9-180.IMGFrom 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 of the American workforce are freelancers or independent contractors, according to a study that the Freelancers Union and Elance-oDesk commissioned. That’s 53 million Americans who get all or some of their income from temporary or project-based work.

That number is likely to increase: A 2010 study from Intuit projects that by 2020, 40 percent of Americans will be freelancers.

Although I never called myself a freelancer, I preferred the term “consultant,” for more than a decade I was a self-employed sole proprietor. Along the way, I picked up a number of tips on how to be successful when you have to earn your living without a regular paycheck…”

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