Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The New "Gig" Economy

Check out this interesting post by Chaz Austin, a new friend-of-a-friend.

His premise is that work in the 21st century will be about moving from project to project and finding places where you can add value, as well as benefit yourself.

I figured all this out 22 years ago this summer, when I quit my job and decided to try out self-employment "for a few years." Most of my friends are also freelancers and they've had to master this as well.

Interesting to think about more and more people having to do the same.


  1. I've been doing this for a long time. It has its good points, like freedom, and you never have to get bored. The hardest thing is planning, and being your own boss. Most freelancers I know, including myself, work much longer hours than the old 9 to 5.

  2. I find that I work different hours than I used to in an employer job, but not necessarily longer. Of course, I was a newspaper reporter and regularly worked very long, unpredictable hours, which is unusual.

    I may work nights and weekends now, where I didn't then, but I can also take time off to have lunches or breakfasts with friends, go to conferences, happy hour, etc.

    Much prefer being my own boss. I don't think I could ever go back to the grind.

  3. I could do it if I had to, but I'm very glad I don't have to - yet!

  4. 22 years ago? Smart, smart, smart.

  5. Necessity is the mother of invention, AH.

    Very true, in my case!