The deal breaker for a successful freelance career is making money

To keep up with the times, the whole world is becoming an aspiring freelance job. Either that, or we’re leaving job hunting to a different kind of Internet entrepreneur. About 72 percent of today’s…

The deal breaker for a successful freelance career is making money

To keep up with the times, the whole world is becoming an aspiring freelance job. Either that, or we’re leaving job hunting to a different kind of Internet entrepreneur.

About 72 percent of today’s workers say they prefer to work without a regular office, according to a new survey of 4,000 adults conducted by the National Association of Professional Organizers. More than half also said that they prefer to work independently and for themselves—a big change from just a few years ago, when a 9-to-5 gig was the standard for most workers.

The rise of the “independent worker” doesn’t mean everyone is looking for a nanny, an Etsy seller or a private chef. There are plenty of gigs out there for people, if they’re willing to give up some level of stability.

Some jobs may not be as satisfying—at least not in terms of overall quality of life—as traditional work, but they’re the kinds of work that gives us flexibility and independence.

Paid articles have become the latest frontier for the freelancer: Looking for a good summer job, or finding one right before your wedding? Unfortunately, many hourly and freelance gigs don’t offer you that freedom and personal satisfaction.

The trend toward a “contract economy” may be at odds with the ease of using off-the-books workers, and it’s unfair to the people looking for stability. Whatever its legal ramifications, we should demand better wages. Even from freelance experts.

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