A career as a freelance writer and the benefits usually associated with traditional employment seldom go hand in hand. They never have. For many people, this benefit gap is a fundamental flaw in the system that puts freelancers at a distinct disadvantage when compared with their regular employee peers. Legislative attempts to “fix” the perceived problem, which are on the rise these days, tend to dismiss the possibility freelancing might be a desirable—and for many of us, a successful—career choice. READ MORE
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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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