I forgot to mention I've been on my own employment-wise for more than ten years. At first it was much less comfortable and I had to take every opportunity that came along, most of the time working for far less than I was worth and continually having to prove myself. Those last two may still apply, of course! ;) But I now have people who depend on me on a regular basis, people who pay on time, projects that are interesting...and the freedom to choose what I will do.
Yes, I am content, relatively. I don't ever expect to go back to working for someone else, although I don't mind the occasional project that gets me out of the apartment. I enjoy taking responsibility for my own life, although I worry about what would happen if I got sick. I'd have the same stron opinions about medical care and other social programs even if I were not in a position where they are critically important to my quality of life, but you can see why such issues demand so much of my attention and why I mention them frequently here and in other forums.
I can work anywhere as long as I have my laptop and an Internet connection
I can pick my own hours
If I get sick of a client I can get rid of them (although they seem to keep coming back after I try that...)
I don't answer to anyone except my clients
I can work anywhere as long as I have my laptop and an Internet connection, so I never really get time off
I can pick my own hours, so if I choose not to work and don't finish something I have no one to blame but myself
Even if I get sick of a client I will probably not get rid of them partly because I'd feel guilty and party because I worry about having enough work
I don't answer to anyone except my clients, so there is no one else to blame
You may notice a certain similarity in the lists ;)
What I do is freelance web development and document processing and just about anything else that comes along. I don't make a comfortable income but I manage to get by. No safety net...no insurance and not enough money to pay ahead more than a month on most bills. But I'm independent and in that way it certainly is a dream job.
I haven't worked at a regular job for a decade or more. My work is wherever I am; there is always something to be done, and there are almost always people willing to pay for it.
@Chuck: Wow, Chuck you seem to have the one of the best jobs in the the world. The kind of job everyone aspires to have. By the way I am curious to know what kinda job that is, if you are willing to share.
Susan, you hit the nail on the proverbial head my friend! Automation can kill some jobs, but Internet-based automation usually needs debuggers and people to monitor this and update, beta test. While technology will eliminate simple jobs, it will create amazing opportunities with those who have the skills.
I wonder what the Internet will look like in ten years; I am sure it will be quite different from what we have today. I do think, hounhosp, that you and other visionary thinkers will have a say in what those changes are, and how they happen; and for those of us who are willing to creatively adapt there will always be opportunities.
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