Monthly Archives: October 2012

Freelancer growth giving rise to ‘slasher’ careers – Bottom Line

NBC News features an article on its site called Freelancer growth giving rise to 'slasher' careers, which discusses the rise of freelancing in today's economy. The article talks about something called career "slashers" — people who have more than one type of career due either to inclination or to financial necessity (because just one of these jobs doesn't pay enough).

It's an interesting article. While it occasionally gives a nod to those who are freelancers because they lost their full-time jobs, it tends much more to the optimistic, concentrating on those who freelance because they want the freedom, the ability to choose their own hours, etc.:

The ranks of the freelance nation continue to grow in the current economy as national unemployment remains near 8 percent and many frustrated workers seek out career options that better fit their lifestyles. The gig economy also has been a haven for experienced?? workers in a wide range of occupations, including the service industry, construction and retail trade. ???On average, contingent workers range in age from about 35 years for one category of temporary workers to about 48 years for self-employed workers,??? according a 2005 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

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6 tips for getting gigs as a freelance journalist | Poynter.

Beth Winegamer from Poynter offers six tips on getting gigs as a freelance journalist. These are pretty basic, but beginners will do well to take heed, and for more experienced freelancers, it never hurts to be reminded.

Freelancing has its downsides, including instability, serving as your own collections agency and waiting months for payment. But it also has a major upside, says San Francisco freelance reporter Chris Roberts: ???Freedom. You are free to rise when you please, quit when you please, travel as you please.???

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