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America isn't just the "land of the free" any more. We’re rapidly becoming the land of the freelancer.
In an increasingly virtual work world, an estimated one-third of U.S. workers — more than 42 million men and women — no longer report to traditional 9-to-5 jobs. Instead they belong to a growing freelance segment of the labor force, an often skilled class of career jugglers and independents who create mosaic incomes from contract gigs, projects, part-time jobs, temp work, moonlighting and consulting. This freelance nation fills the gaps that corporate America no longer wishes to cover with full-time salaried employees.
As Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown famously observed, “No one I know has a job anymore. They've got gigs.”
It is a sea change from the old postwar vision of Middle America, where a previous generation often expected to work for the same company and at the same job for an entire career. Now many workers think in terms of projects, not jobs, as they freelance in between full-time positions or because independence means greater career flexibility, says social entrepreneur Marci Alboher. The author of the forthcoming "The Encore Career Handbook," Alboher sees enormous opportunities in this gig economy for those workers willing to do some "reframing" to develop a necessary package of survival skills."
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