The Gig Economy Versus Traditional During the Shutdown


I’ve been writing about the Gig Economy for over a decade. One of the trends I’ll be watching closely is how gig workers come out of the coronavirus economic shutdown compared to traditional workers. Of course, gig work is what’s helping traditional workers survive during the shutdown. Gig workers are delivering groceries, prescriptions, takeout from … Continue reading The Gig Economy Versus Traditional During the Shutdown

Persistence


If you’re going to weather this pandemic, you’ll need persistence.  This crisis and the resulting economic downturn have lasted longer than anyone imagined it would, and we’re still not sure when things will return to normal. It’s easy to become discouraged, especially if you’re one of the millions whose job evaporated with no notice. In … Continue reading Persistence

Six Figure Freelancers: The Future of Work


(Credit to MSNBC for this post.) While some states look at freelancers as an oppressed class of workers, the truth is much more complex – and interesting. Nearly 60 million Americans freelanced in 2019, either full-time or part-time, representing more than a third of the American workforce, according to a separate study by Upwork and Freelancers … Continue reading Six Figure Freelancers: The Future of Work

My Psychic Career Coach


In my last post, I wrote about Toronto, Canada-based Ralph Hammelman, the founder of My Psychic Coach and a second-generation tarot reader. He offered me a free reading in exchange for an honest review of my experience. I classified myself to Ralph as “an open-minded skeptic.” I am a Midwesterner with both feet firmly on … Continue reading My Psychic Career Coach

The Best Advice for Starting a Post-Retirement Business


Image via Pixabay (This is a guest post by Carla Lopez of Boomerbiz.org) There are many reasons people go back to work after retiring.  Whether you miss the interaction of a workplace, want to keep your mind and skills sharp, or simply could use the added income, there are ways to go about starting a … Continue reading The Best Advice for Starting a Post-Retirement Business

How to Get Very Good at Being Pretty Good at Everything


In a previous post, I wrote that generalists are more marketable, more employable, and maybe more happy than specialists. Pat Flynn, author of How to Get Better at Almost Everything, says that becoming a generalist has made him both successful and happy. “When I specialized in guitar, I was always comparing myself to others and … Continue reading How to Get Very Good at Being Pretty Good at Everything

In Praise of Generalists


Which are you: a generalist or a specialist? Generalists tend to know a little about a lot of things; specialists tend to know as much as possible about just a few things. I believe that we’re hard-wired to be one or the other. We either gravitate toward exploring many topics and integrating knowledge into a broad view of the world, or we gravitate toward exploring one topic we care passionately about until we become an expert.

The Dog Ate My Homework and Other Lame Excuses


I never told a teacher that the dog ate my homework in grade school. It would not have worked for me because a.) I usually had my homework done and b.) we did not have a dog. But somewhere along the line, it must have been used by some enterprising student who felt safe because … Continue reading The Dog Ate My Homework and Other Lame Excuses

Let’s End Degree Inflation


By 2020, 35 percent of the job openings will require at least a bachelor’s degree; 30 percent of the job openings will require some college or an associate’s degree; and 36 percent of the job openings will not require education beyond high school. That’s a big change in just one generation.

Robots Get Fired for Low Performance


There’s new hope for those workers who are preparing to be replaced by robots (or managed by robot overlords.) A January 14 article in the Wall Street Journal reports that a Japanese hotel whose workforce consisted mainly of robots, has pulled the cord (so to speak) on the experiment.