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With a packed house, a diverse and intriguing lineup of speakers, a cool, intimate hotel near the new One World Trade Center building and the 9/11 Tribute Museum and a new app that helped link it all together, #ASJA2019 was a resounding success.

“This conference felt more connected, contained, and up-to-the-minute than previous conferences,” says ASJA member Jennie Helderman (@jenniehelderman). “The smaller hotel offered much opportunity for interaction — we met other members coming and going, we ate breakfast together, all rode the same elevators and so forth. The app gets stars for linking people while providing essential and helpful information.”

And don’t even get her started on the speakers. “The ‘State of Freelancing’ keynote was exactly what we need to hear,” Helderman continues. “It’s essential information for us individually and was right on target,” also lending strength to ASJA’s position as the voice of freelancers. “The issues addressed by these speakers are central to our purpose." READ MORE

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Navigating the Gig Economy

In the late 1940s, after service in the Navy during World War II, my father signed on as a mail carrier at the local post office. He never left that job, working his way up from walking a route to postmaster. Bored after retirement, he worked part-time as a greeter at the local funeral home. It was perfect for him. He got to dress up and meet his friends, and on good days he got to drive the hearse. It never occurred to my father to change jobs while he was at the post office. People who did that sort of thing, drifting from job to job, were viewed at the time with some suspicion, as layabouts. More »

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