Fiverr’s Fourth Annual Freelance Economic Impact Report

Online freelance platform Fiverr partnered with Rockbridge Associates for a fourth year to analyze over tax returns from annually compiled Non-Employer U.S. Census Bureau statistics to explore the size, growth and skills of freelance workers across the 30 largest metropolitan cities for independent knowledge-based work.  These workers include anyone who receives a 1099 at the end of … Continue reading Fiverr’s Fourth Annual Freelance Economic Impact Report

Financial Planning for Gig Workers

Gig workers usually have more autonomy and independence in when and how they work. That’s the good news. With independence comes volatility, in both workload and earnings. That means gig workers must be even more savvy that traditional workers when it comes to financial planning. So although the following is great advice for anyone in … Continue reading Financial Planning for Gig Workers

Gig Workers Understand Their Value and Value Their Freedom

Traditional employees and gig workers think very differently. Some of their thinking is hard-wired as part of their personality, but most of what they believe about work has been the result of years of conditioning. Here’s my favorite metaphor for traditional and gig workers.  (Courtesy: Aesop, circa 564 B.C.) There was once a Wolf who … Continue reading Gig Workers Understand Their Value and Value Their Freedom

The Gig Economy Will Thrive in 2021

I admit, I was worried about the Gig Economy’s survival a year ago. California’s Gig Economy regulation (AB5) went into effect January 1, 2020. The law rewrote the rules about how Gig workers could be classified, and it was a bad idea from the start. For one thing, it applied only to workers in California—regardless … Continue reading The Gig Economy Will Thrive in 2021

How to Be Discovered

Everyone loves the idea of being discovered.  Lana Turner’s discovery at a Hollywood drug store is a show-business legend. (According to Wikipedia),  sixteen-year-old Turner skipped a high school typing class and bought a Coke at the Top Hat Cafe located on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard (not Schwab’s Pharmacy), where she was spotted by … Continue reading How to Be Discovered

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

Gratitude, Even During this Difficult Time

“Sometimes, it feels like the end of the world.” I heard this from a friend the other day, and I had no response to offer. In  the middle of this terrible health and economic crisis, it’s hard to hold on to optimism when there’s no end in sight. This is a difficult time, made more … Continue reading Gratitude, Even During this Difficult Time

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