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.”


  • Ross Eisenbrey vice president of the Economic Policy Institute.
  • Fabio Rosati CEO of Elance, a company that connects freelance workers with employers.
  • Sara Horowitz founder of the Freelancers Union and author of the "Freelancers's Bible."

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