I enjoyed today’s KQED Forum interview with Sara Horowitz, the founder of the Freelancers Union, and author of The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams – On Your Terms.
The interview, with call-in questions, covered a range of topics such as:
- How do freelancers market themselves
- How to avoid the “race to the bottom” in fees
- How to deal with the inevitable anxiety of not having a regular pay-check
- The need to schedule time off
Sara emphasized that freelance work is the wave of the future. When mass layoffs happen, freelance work offer an alternative to collecting unemployment and waiting for the next “permanent” job offer.
How do freelancers find affordable healthcare?
My one regret is that the Freelancers Union Health Insurance plans are currently not offered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Finding affordable healthcare, or any healthcare whatsoever for people with pre-existing conditions, is a major barrier to successful freelancing in the USA, where one of the quirks of this society is an antipathy to “socialized medicine”. The labor market suffers as a result. Kudos to the Freelancers Union for starting to address this problem and here’s hoping they can kick off a healthcare plan in Northern California sometime soon.