Freelancing: Freedom + Uncertainty?

Ilise Benun on your online marketing planThere’s an excellent article in The New York Times by Rachel Swarns about the reality of freelancing — its freedoms and its uncertainties — personified by a web developer who’s having trouble making ends meet.

It recounts how he has found counsel and community through the Freelancers Union, founded 20 years ago by Sara Horowitz (membership is free so if you haven’t joined yet, do it now). Here’s my favorite excerpt:

Describing “the standard workweek as a prison of the past,” Ms. Horowitz declared last month that freelancers were “establishing a new way to work — and in the process, they’re cultivating a new way of life.”

“With the old bargain, work came before everything else,” she wrote on the Fast Company magazine website. “Today, independent workers are replacing that old bargain with something far better — and saner.”

Read the rest here….and let us know if that’s what you are doing: cultivating a new (and saner) way of life. Or is it mostly uncertainty?

And of course you can take matters into your own hands, by attending any of the Freelancers Union networking events and workshops in Portland and New York, as well as this year’s Creative Freelancer Business Conference in Boston, May 14-16.

Update: Due to an unprecedented volume of conference registrations and numerous requests for an extension we will be extending our Early Bird deadline to this Friday, February 14. Consider it our Valentine’s Day gift. Register by midnight on 2/14 and save $300 off the full price of HOW Design Live or use my promo code (ILISE14) for $50 off CFBC.