Ever thought about a career as a freelance librarian? This presentation shows you how to think about your skills and interests and use them to pursue freelance careers outside of the traditional
Ever thought about a career as a freelance librarian? This presentation shows you how to think about your skills and interests and use them to pursue freelance careers outside of the traditional library career path.
Got Skills? Get Paid!Thriving ON part-time, Freelance and Temporary work Carrie Netzer Wajda, Independent Info Pro & Freelance Writer
You are not alone! 14.6 million are currently unemployed. The jobless rate is 9.5%. 2.6 million marginally attached to the labor force.
Long-Term Employment Trends Spiraling health care costs suppress wages even in good times Shift away from pensions to defined benefit retirement plans (aka, 401k – you shoulder the risk) Businesses only want to pay for the services they will actually use (the “just in time” economy) Sounds awful, right?
Thinking About Self-Employment? Join the club! “On average 2,356 people go into business for themselves every day. Their firms account for 78 percent of U.S. businesses and $951 billion in receipts.” This data is from 2007. That’s pre-recession.
Horizontal: Creatively apply your skills to nontraditional areas. Vertical: How do I get back on the career ladder? Think horizontally about your skills – not vertically.
Think Outside the Career Path What have I already done? What am I good at? What are my interests? Education, training, work experience Research, customer service, organizing, unicycle tricks, crafts – everything counts! Groups, associations, friends
Ideas For Librarians and Library Staff Research services. Love digging for answers? Know how to find things fast? Businesses need your skills! Organization. People have more Stuff than they know what to do with. Help them figure it out – and get paid! Artistic or technical skills. Can you design websites? Nearly half of small businesses don’t have websites! Help them market their wares and services – and make bank!
Freelance or Part Time…or Both? Find your own clients Pay your own taxes (including all of your Social Security tax) Work virtually, from home, according to your own schedule Usually on-site Less flexible schedule Sometimes non-traditional hours (weekends, evenings) Reliable Freelance Part Time
Contract, Temporary & Project Work Contract – usually set hours, onsite. Temporary – just like a regular job, only sans benefits in most cases. Project work – a set project with a specific timeline for completion. Make sure the budget and timeline are reasonable!
Thriving on Multiple Income Streams Combining part-time, freelance and passive income streams can smooth your income and reduce the risk of losing any single client. Find an “anchor client” that covers your monthly bills. Part-time work – can be contract/temporary/project Freelance projects – more lucrative, but variable in intensity Passive income streams – can be websites, books, digital media
Making It Work Get frugal: Cut expenses Eliminate debt Track spending Organize your finances Find support
Finding Clients Tell everyone you know that you are in business. Publish that article/story/book you’ve always wanted to finish. Attend local business meetings and professional events. Establish a web presence, but don’t overlook offline opportunities. Networking is just telling people you meet what you do.
Managing Money “Treat yourself the way a good employer would treat you.” – The Money Book for Freelancers, p. 110
Selected Resources: Building & Running A Successful Research Business, 2nd ed. Mary Ellen Bates. Information Today, 2010. The Money Book For Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed. Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan. Three Rivers Press, 2010. Web resources: Association of Independent Information Professionals www.aiip.org Freelancers Union www.freelancersunion.org Full list available at www.writetocarrie.com/blog