That's a bonanza for the media which are already hyping the weather event. Here is an example.
It's fun for kids.
And it could be 1 paid day off or more for salaried workers who aren't in the emergency-response loop.
But for free agents who, like old-line day workers, are mostly paid by the hour, it could be a lot of lost wages. For safety reasons, in this litigious era, organizations will likely tell their freelancers not to come in.
Telecommuting on-demand workers like myself, though, won't be spared - even if we are based here in the desert in the Southwest. My boutique has clients in the Northeast and I have been hustling to add more to the list. Current clients, who do make it into the office or are struggling to operate from a home office are going to be in no mood to add to the assignments I am already focused on. And that won't even be on the radar of prospects.
Got it? Snow days are lousy for the free agent economy. They tend to put us behind in revenues. That eats into our position of strength when we pitch for new work.
Reflection: Can Congress authorize 5 paid days for freelancers impacted by weather and other conditions? Since the on-demand workforce is growing, the candidates running for elected offices in 2016, including for the U.S. Presidency, who support this initiative will have a lot of unexpected votes.