This is one situation in which there is no generational divide: freelancing. Silent, Baby Boomer, X, and Y - we're all independent contractors, reports Lauren Hockenson on MASHABLE. She uses the statistics from MastersDegree.net and places them attractively in Infographics.
One interesting number is that article writing ranks in third place of what we do and blogging in 9th. In scouting around for assignments, I am finding that there's more work and better paid with aritcle-writing. Content is king and substance is everything. Google, you remember, had changed its algorithm to penalize content farms and SEO firms which keyword-stuff. So clients demand well-researched articles. But they have to be formatted, have the tone, and the balance of facts with insight for readers on the web and on mobile. No surprise, MastersDegree.net found, we're a well-educated bunch. We would have to be in order to scramble regularly to find and then do the work.
What else about us? On the average, we got stiffed $6000 last year. For me it was $2500. A nut job in Canada pulled a con on 9 of us content-providers. We really have become a culture which moves on. None of us, after we compared notes, considered taking action. We just sucked up the loss and realized we better smoke out sadists with a deposit on Paypal before we commence work.