Monday, January 18, 2016

Freelancing Is the Future

I was reading in Time yesterday about the uprising of the gig economy and it struck me as sort of funny. There's... like... this whole term now for making money via outlets like Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, and all of the others that have risen to prominence at some point in the last five years. People are writing about it in fucking Time. I am not sure I thought I'd ever see the day my preferred approach to anything would get a write-up in Time.

This is pretty much the same basic way I've made my money for years. It's also the way I've wanted to make money ever since I was a kid -- long before there was really an online world to speak of. I still recall the way my mother would press me for the millionth time for some kind of sensible answer as to what I wanted to do for a living one day, I'd say "well ideally I'd like to find something I can do from home on my own terms", and she'd literally laugh right in my face because she apparently thought I meant I wanted to be paid to sit on the couch and watch television all day. Now I've got this whole thing going on where I basically sell access to my talents, my time, and my brainpower to interested parties for whatever price I feel like. And that approach is considered the future of employment by Time. What a time to be alive.

Honestly, I don't know why everyone isn't doing something like this at this point. I love how the whole freelance world has expanded beyond tasks like content writing, or virtual assisting, or graphic design to include things that even those without any experience or niche creative talents can do. Things like offering local people rides to places they need to go or delivering food and groceries. If I had reliable transportation, liked to drive around, and didn't mind being around people, I can't say I wouldn't be supplementing my writing with something like that just to keep from getting bored. I have no idea what my estranged brother is up to these days, but it seems like something like that would be right up his alley. He loved being in his car and driving all over creation.

You can leverage just about any talent or resource you have at your disposal to make money these days and I absolutely love that. You're your own boss. You set your own schedule and work as much or as little as fits your needs. Best of all, I feel like this system really rewards hard work, diligence, and self-discipline to a degree traditional employment systems really didn't. I don't think I will ever be the sort of person that actually likes to work, but let me tell you... this way of going about it is certainly tolerable. It has potential as far as the future goes and it can be anything I want it to be.