Here's what Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Thomas Friedman, wrote about freelancers in yesterday's New York Times: "It has never been harder to find a job and never been easier — for those prepared for this world — to invent a job or find a customer. Anyone with the spark of an idea can start a company overnight, using a credit card, while accessing brains, brawn and customers anywhere."
He then goes on to reference one of the crowdsourcing sites as a "rising global army of freelancers."
- The Great Mismatch: In the new world of work, unemployment is high yet skilled and talented people are in short supply. (Intro article)
- My Big Fat Career: How individuals can survive in the new world of work (a "self help" article for freelancers)
Laurel wrote to me, "I found the articles of great interest and also disturbing, especially coupled with the Seth (Godin) blog post about the forever recession. It appears to be more crucial than ever that we designers learn how to make an effective and specific business case for our services.
And Sara Horowitz, founder of The Freelancers Union (also referenced in The Economist articles), has been writing a regular column on her theory of "new mutualism" and the new economy for The Atlantic.
Where else are they talking about us?