A few weeks ago, I was asked to comment on the growing trend towards freelancing by a reporter from the Canadian Press. I was happy to provide my thoughts, after all, I had nothing to hide and I love what I do.

The article went live on Wednesday Canadian time and I was more than a little annoyed with the slant the article took.

You can read the full article here, titled “Growing Trend Toward Freelance Work Well For Some, But It Comes With Pitfalls

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I provided the following comment on the article, which has yet to be ‘published':

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As one of the people interviewed for this article, and a successful freelancer, I think people are missing the point, particularly when talking about benefits and belonging – one of the problems with society today is that we are told to get a good education which will lead to a great job and we'll be set financially. Um, in case you haven't noticed, that is no longer the case. As this article says, unemployment is on the rise – so why would you put all your eggs in one basket and work for just one person? I'm not saying you shouldn't get a good education, that's a good idea, but to believe that working for a company as an employee provides security and a “sense of belonging” sounds more than a little crazy to me.

There are so many people out there who are being laid off, where is their sense of belonging and security meant to come from now? I do what I do because I CHOOSE to do this. And I certainly don't live contract to contract. I've set this up as a real business, and just like any business, you learn to manage finances – I would far rather determine where my money comes from each month than rely on an employer, who at any point, could decide that my services are no longer needed and find myself trying to figure out how I'm going to pay the rent and put food on the table.

In terms of feeling a sense of community and a sense of belonging – I feel that more now than when I did working for an employer, with all the office politics and office gossip, how does that build community? And why would you want to belong to a company that doesn't always have your best interests at heart? The freelancing community is supportive and what I belong to stands for far more than what I got working for an employer, to me, it stands for freedom.

Now, I know there are people who love what they do and are passionate about the company they work for and that's awesome. What I feel is that it's about choice, you should be able to choose whether you work for someone else or work for yourself, without having to worry about what others think.

What I feel should be the point here is that those of us who are freelancing have chosen to do something for ourselves. We diversify and learn and grow our businesses, so we are not reliant on one source of income. Having been freelancing full-time for over two years now, I can say, with my hand on my heart, that I would NEVER consider going back to being an employee, ever.[/testimonial][/testimonials]

Read the article and let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below – good or bad!

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Lise Cartwright
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    8 replies to "Growing Trends in Freelancing: My Response to Canadian Press Interview and Article"

    • Rhiannon

      Hmmm. Sounds like you gave the plus side but the article leaves a reader thinking “oh no. I don’t want to do that!”

      • Lise Cartwright

        Yes, and also the comments about not belonging… sometimes I feel that people don’t really understand what we do at all, so they put their own slant on it!

    • Brock

      When I read the article I immediately thought it had a completely limited perspective and promptly dismissed it. (I do that with most mainstream news these days) I always look at the bigger picture which the writer of that article didn’t or couldn’t articulate. The only worthwhile thing about the article that caught my interest was your website. It was plain to me that your perspective and that of the article are vastly different. I was able to clearly see the difference.

      • Lise Cartwright

        Thanks for your comment Brock, I’m glad you were able to see the difference!

    • Bob Turner

      Many people are skeptical about earning a living in a non-traditional way. What you don’t understand often scares you. Don’t knock success!! If it works for you, do it!!

      • Lise Cartwright

        Agree Bob – do what works for you and face the fear – so much in this world is not able to be understood, but does that mean it’s good or bad? I feel that earning a living in a non-traditional way is far scarier than working for an employer, but that’s my opinion and my experience, other’s will differ – by having the choice to do what works for you, I feel that is always best solution 🙂

    • Peter

      The article seems to be confusing two quite different situations. One is that of freelancers like ourselves, who in most cases start their activity while they are still in a regular job, and quit it once they are confident that they can make a go of it. The other, which I think the academic Ann Frost was talking about, is when people who have lost their jobs, and see no chance of finding another, turn to self-employment in the hope of making a living that way; depending on their skills, this may take the form of freelancing, consultancy in their field, or services such as window-cleaning. There is a big difference between the two.

      • Lise Cartwright

        Completely agree Peter, these are two different situations and should be treated quite differently!

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