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Got skills? Get Paid!


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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.

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Got skills? Get Paid!

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