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We’re Turning Into a Freelance Nation. Here’s What That Looks Like.

Technology has facilitated a global market shift that provides more options for freelance employees.

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Thanks to Craig Cardimon for finding this article.  I almost fit into the stereotypical freelance model as described in the article–except for my age–but I’m also looking to eventually do more freelance work in the future so that I can be more flexible with my time. I like working from home and arranging my schedule the way I want to work.  It’s still the pipe dream, at least. 

In the meantime, this article supports the idea that the rise of freelancing is not a dead idea. In my opinion, this has been said for years, but perhaps it’s had a very slow start. Time will tell whether more freelancing opportunities become available, especially to technical communicators. 
What do you think? Include your comments below. 

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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

2 thoughts on “We’re Turning Into a Freelance Nation. Here’s What That Looks Like.

  1. I think it’s awkward (there’s a nice, nonjudgmental word) that the article lumps together Uber drivers with white-collar professionals, and that it doesn’t differentiate between those who are supplementing a spouse’s income with those who get 100% of their income working independently.

    I’d be curious to see what the prospects are for white-collar workers who draw all or most of their household income from self-employment. I do know several technical writers who’ve been doing it successfully for decades. So while it might be hard, it certainly isn’t unheard-of.

    1. I know several white collar people in our field as well–probably some of the same people! So, I agree, I know it can be done. I’ve even attended workshops on how to do it. But it still feel like I haven’t completely cracked the code yet. I think I need a little more professional maturity of some sort first.

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