We've seen it coming for more than 5 years, when in 2008 we launched the first Creative Freelancer Conference.
Today, there is an article in the Business section of the NY Times called, "The Rise of the Independent Work Force" by Alexandra Levit, in which she links to our longtime and steadfast partner, The Freelancers Union, as an excellent resource and offers tips for those just taking the reins of their own self employment:
"Brand yourself as a contributor that any organization would love to hire. Create strong profiles on sites like LinkedIn and Facebook, and build an eye-catching Web site around your personal domain name. Learn about client recruitment and retention from other sales people and business owners, and incorporate their techniques."
(BTW You can learn all of these things at the next Creative Freelancer Conference in Boston, June 21-22.)
And recently there was another article in the Orange County Register, focusing on the rise of Baby Boomers in this category and citing a study done by consulting firm, MBO Partners. "More than 4.7 million Baby Boomers are independent contractors with another 8 million considering such non-permanent employment." They predict another 2 million will join in within 2 years.
"In the face of recent financial uncertainty and a tumultuous job market, many in the boomer generation have turned adversity into opportunity and taken charge of their lives by working independently," said MBO Partners CEO, Gene Zaino.
Call us what you will -- freelancers, independent contractors, the self employed or temps -- there's no doubt in my mind that our ranks are growing as the economy shifts and changes.
What do you see?