During my work week, I may shuttle back and forth between editing and writing projects, tutoring college students on the not-so-fine points of grammar, punctuation, APA style, and teaching as a lecturer or adjunct faculty. During slack times I try to catch up on my painting. It’s surely not back-breaking work like my father’s labor in the agricultural fields of the Great Depression, and it doesn’t involve physically following the crop rotations up and down the West Coast — yet there is a sense of being “migratory” with no benefits, and no guarantees. It’s also not 9-to-5 work; I’m often up after midnight on various projects. Whether or not I’m formally “affiliated” with an institution, it’s all freelance.
According to Jeremy Neuner 40% of America’s workforce will be freelancers by 2020. So what’s a freelancer to do? The Freelancers’ Union is a good resource (see below). You can join or form a coworking group like the North County/Salinas Coworking Meetup. Also, check out this article, “Sara Horowitz Wants the Feds to Stop Short-changing Freelancers” on Bloomberg Business Week. According to Horowitz, the government needs to catch up with changes in the workplace, and adjust their perspective to reflect current realities: work is just not what it used to be.
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