If you think it’s tough being a freelancer, don’t be shocked to see a lot of people getting paid to do things for free.
According to the Labor Department’s latest jobs report, the average wage of an entry-level worker has increased by just 1.6 percent, while the hourly wage of a high-level manager has risen by just 0.4 percent.
Meanwhile, the median hourly wage for workers who work in a full-time job has increased just 0,4 percent over the same time period.
In other words, while your boss might be paying you to write articles for him, you’re likely not working for him at all.
In fact, the most common occupation in which freelancers get paid is “sales support.”
And according to the report, nearly 90 percent of people who earn less than $22,000 per year are freelancers.
As we’ve reported before, the only jobs that freelancers actually do well in are in the entertainment industry, where they typically make more money than the general population.
But that doesn’t mean the people who make that kind of money should be considered freelancers in the first place.
In a recent article, Slate writer Matt Yglesias argued that the term “freelancer” is inherently problematic because it implies that those who work for free are lazy.
“Freelancers aren’t actually freelancers, but they’re very much employees,” Ygleias wrote.
According to a recent survey by the Economic Policy Institute, one-third of people working for less than 10 hours per week don’t even get paid for their work.
That means freelancers are basically living in a kind of underground economy.
The fact that so many people who aren’t freelancers want to be considered employees is troubling, because it suggests that the industry isn’t truly sustainable.
And as the American Freelancers Union points out, it could hurt the future of the industry.
In its 2017 report, American Freelsources argued that while the industry is on the rise, the number of people actually working full- or part-time jobs will continue to shrink.
According in a report titled Freelancing in the Age of Trump, the economic impact of the recession could shrink the number that earn full- and part- time jobs by as much as 17 percent over that time period if the industry continues to grow at the current rate.
While it may seem that people who are freelancing have a good job, they’re not actually making a lot money.
In 2015, a survey by PayScale found that the median income for full- time, full-year workers was just $32,000, while only 5.5 percent of full-timers earned more than $75,000.
In addition to being paid $2.27 per hour, freelancers receive an additional $1.35 for every hour they work, which is $3.70 per hour.
This is more than double what their full-Time equivalent would be earning, according to PayScale.
Even when they’re earning less, the freelancer still makes far more money by working for companies that offer better benefits than the ones they’d normally work for.
According, a 2016 study by the New York Times, the typical freelance employee is paid about $15 an hour, or $3,500 per year.
That works out to about $1,600 per month per person.
But if you’re a freelancing employee, it’s not like your paychecks will be coming in the mail.
According the report by the American Enterprise Institute, the amount of money you can expect to make from your work is not a given.
According this survey, a freelance’s hourly rate is dependent on the number and complexity of freelance jobs they’ve been hired for.
If you work for an established company and are working with clients on projects, your rate could drop.
And depending on your level of experience and experience-level, it might go up.
But even if you work at a high level, the bottom line is that it’s likely that you’ll never see a check from your employer.
If you’re going to be a freelancers full-timer, you might as well get paid to actually do the work, Yglenias writes.
“We’re all freelancers,” he writes.
“We can all do it.
But we’re not all going to get rich by doing it.”
For more on the economic downturn and the future economy, check out our special report, What’s Happening to America’s Economy?
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