yet another post about the rise of the contract worker.
yes, there are people for whom this kind of lifestyle is something to be desired. but my experiences and discussions tend to confirm the opposite: most people crave stability. not all, but most. for a ton of obvious reasons that have been studied by sociologists before: it's harder (significantly) to put down roots, start a family, take a mortgage, etc. without a some kind of stable and predictable income that helps support a kind of lifestyle. this kind of destabilization can exact a long term mental toll on some people.
now, this isn't the same thing as an entrepreneur deciding to strike out on their own, taking a second mortgage to finance the dream (creating a whole other level of insecurity let me tell you). that's by choice. you're jumping in willingly. but this isn't most people. and even though most businesses will fail early on, not all businesses entail excessive amounts of financial risk to their owners.
which is all simply to say: being a self employed contractor is not for everyone. in fact, it's probably not the right solution for most. so, shouldn't this impact the way we begin to reshape the economic recovery?
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