The Freelance Economy

The Freelance Economy

As many as one-third of workers in the United States -- an estimated 42 million people -- work as freelancers. While freelancing offers flexibility and autonomy, it also comes with no benefits and no job security. A look at the pros and cons of the new "freelance economy."

As many as one-third of workers in the United States are freelancers. Between 10 and 42 million people now work outside the traditional 9-to-5 model. Many full-time employees, from graphic artists and construction workers to lawyers, started working as independent contractors out of necessity during the recession. While freelancers enjoy more flexibility and autonomy, working independently comes with challenges. Freelancers receive no pension, no health insurance, no workers compensation and no job security. A discussion about the risks and benefits of the new “freelance economy.”

Guests

Ross Eisenbrey

vice president of the Economic Policy Institute.

Sara Horowitz

founder of the Freelancers Union and author of the "Freelancers's Bible."

Fabio Rosati

CEO of Elance, a company that connects freelance workers with employers.

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