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Doomed to Freelance?

In Writing on January 13, 2010 at 7:57 am

By Tim Beyers

BusinessWeek has a new cover story in which it describes today as the era of permanent temporary workers, one in which corporate profits have soared as pay has sagged and benefits have gone missing. Read it here.


Be warned: the story is depressing. And yet I take comfort — irrational comfort, possibly, but comfort nonetheless — in this quote:

“With the economy expanding again, and employers loath to add permanent workers, temp employment is one of the few sectors of the labor market that is growing rapidly,” writes BusinessWeek’s Peter Coy.

That’s good news. Skilled writers with the temerity to risk rejection may be positioned to profit from the economic rebound underway, even if the publishing industry isn’t recovering as fast as others. Or at all.

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How Freelancers Might Save Publishing

In Writing on May 20, 2009 at 3:38 am

By Tim Beyers

Full disclosure: I’ve been a freelance writer for the past six years, writing mostly for The Motley Fool.

I’ve officially read too many rants decrying the fall of print media and traditional publishing. Ed Wasserman’s essay for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), “Keeping it Honest in a Freelance World,” went too far.

Source: SABEW

Source: SABEW

“There‚Äôs good reason not to welcome this,” Wasserman writes, referring to 2008’s bumper crop of unwilling new freelancers. “It means journalists will be paid even worse. It means coverage is likely to suffer from further loss of consistency and coherence, not to mention expertise.”

So reporting under the influence of a 1099 rather than a W-2 is tantamount to institutional decay? Read the rest of this entry »