Since he started out in the public relations print directory business decades ago, Jack O'Dwyer had one mission: keeping communications pros working. "Contact Jack" was the word on the street for anyone who had lost a job, was hanging out a shingle, or graduated college and was pounding the pavement.
Now, Jack's mission has become more focused. He is determined to help all communications professionals understand the option of becoming a contract employee. It can be a lucrative career path, without stigma.
"What the world, even among the supposed thought leaders, doesn't know or won't accept is that more and more are earning an awesome living as freelancers," O'Dwyer told this blog. "Right now, 90 out of the 270 members of the NY Financial Writers are contract workers. That was a category that didn't even exist 20 years ago. Incidentally, Intuit just came out with these numbers: By 2020, 40% of Americans or 60 million will be contract workers."
The contract-worker game, just like the games we have to master as employees if we want to get ahead, has its own rules for success. The winners gain access to the plum assignments, on a sustained basis, with premium fees. Those who continue to regard this option as second-tier will look, walk, talk, and smell like losers.
Jack is available for interviews on how to succeed in contract work firstname.lastname@example.org.