I felt pretty much zero panic about how I would continue to earn my living and support my family. I honestly didn’t give a single thought to my livelihood in that crisis moment. And that’s because I’m a freelance writer.
There seems to be a general perception that freelancing is inherently insecure, that no matter how long or successfully you’ve been doing it you’re always just a few beats away from a devastatingly bad month. But this isn’t true.
Just because the career is amazingly flexible doesn’t mean it’s magical. It’s pretty dang hard to design and execute a full-fledged career as a freelancer while simultaneously parenting.
The ability to customize your costs and benefits is both a pro and a con of being a freelancer.
Now that freelancing is exploding in the US workforce, everyone has an opinion about it. Is it the best, most freeing career path ever or a hell of insecurity and stress? Is it a giant engine of creative empowerment or the downfall of civilized society? …