Welcome to the 1099 Economy, where work can be plentiful (provided you keep your pipeline full), sporadic (a handful of intense, profitable assignments punctuated by nerve-wracking weeks or months of downtime), or nonexistent (damned scary, but you are keeping in touch with your network, aren’t you?).  Companies have budgets for work they need done, but they don’t want to invest in full-time employees.  So work is there,  but full-time jobs aren’t being created to handle it.

Combine that with the rise of virtual teams and you have a shift in how we need to view work.  We’re all heading toward a new era of entrepreneurship, where you are the service and what you create is the product.  We’re the one-man/one-woman shop with extremely low overhead (the kitchen table, a back bedroom, a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi).  We’re now the ones who create jobs – our own.  The responsibility is now ours to not only find work, but also keep it plentiful.  We need to shop for our own benefits (it can get expensive, but the key word there is shop – research, get the best deal).  We need to team with colleagues in other states and other countries, even team with a competitor or two from time to time (it’s the old saying – keep your friends close but your enemies closer).  We need to keep our skills sharp, our knowledge up-to-date, and our networks busy. 

Of course, I’m not saying anything new here.  Do I ever?  Here’s more

(h/t:  Ian Huckabee)