MSN Careers has a review of the book, "The 9-to-5 Cure: Work on Your Own Terms and Reinvent Your Life" by Kristin Cardinale. In the book Cardinale outlines her "Patchwork Principle," which is described as:
"a freelance career strategy based on the simple idea that working for a number of employers simultaneously presents unique business opportunities and insulates an individual from sudden and total job loss. In short, enjoyable work in abundance is the signature of this business model."
We often hear in interviews with freelancers that they consider their jobs more secure than if they had a traditional job. We also often hear about "enjoyable work."
We rarely hear about "work in abundance," but a lot of freelancers are happy with their work load.
Our anecdotal, interview-based evidence is about 1/3rd of freelancers love freelancing, about 1/3rd would rather work full-time for someone else and about 1/3rd aren't sure which is better.
Since this topic is growing in importance, we've decided to do some statistically valid research to better understand how freelancers feel about freelancing. We'll post the results on this blog when we're done - probably sometime this fall.
Oh, I haven't read The 9-5 Cure but I ordered it. Looks interesting and it only costs $10.