By the year 2020, there will be about 70 million free agents in the U.S. economy. That's the prediction of MBO Partners, reports PORTFOLIO. So, listen up about what to expect.
Since 1987, I have been out here primarily as a free agent. Sometimes I got lucky and was on retainer. Most times I had to go out every morning and hunt for dinner, including Fancy Feast for my animal companions, who know their brands. That meant many tricky Christmases.
In the world of being a free agent the holiday season, as are all holidays, is the worst of times. If we don't have work or enough of it, we tremble inside, especially with self-doubt. If we do have business we groan that we will have to back out of some of the social and just-relaxing opportunities of the season.
This year, plenty of work came in. One client wants to close the books before 2012 so nicely requested I finish up the pending assignments. Another client outsourced an assignment to take full advantage of the networking going on. A third indicated that because he likes my approach, he is giving me lots more. The deadline is this year.
Yes, I am pleased about the additional revenues. But, I am also disappointed to be crossing off the list of movies my soulmate and I will not be enjoying. A Baby Boomer, my gen went out to the movies. We still count that as a predicable pleasure. Sigh. The old saying used to be: life intervened. Now for more and more of us it's: work came in.