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  •  Whats wrong with freelancing? (2+ / 0-)
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    coffeetalk, davehouck

    Thats my gig...independent contractor to dozens of different clients. I wouldnt want it any other way. Sure, I dont get healthcare from any of them, but I can buy it myself. ANd if I dont feel like working one day, I dont have to. I can piss off and go surfing, or ride my bike, or sleep in until noon.

    Cant do that as an employee.

    Left Coast Libertarian

    by pacspeed on Sat Feb 01, 2014 at 07:50:33 PM PST

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    •  No, you don't get healthcare (1+ / 0-)
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      or any other kind of benefits.

      Being a consultant myself -- just a fancy word for "freelancer" -- I agree with you on some of the benefits.  But for you, it's a choice.  For a lot of people, it's the only way to find work, and it can be a very marginal existence.  I don't know what kind of freelancing you do, but in a lot of businesses, demand can be a real roller coaster.  It's great when you get enough work.  It can be very stressful and frightening if you can't.

      The ACA will help, but for you, it's a choice.  But for a lot of companies, using freelancers is a substitute for taking responsibility for the people they hire.  And on the whole, Americans are worse off because of abuses of it.

      Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

      by mbayrob on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 12:02:26 AM PST

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