There are lots of arguments for the respective benefits to freelancing versus full-time employment. It still seems like there are more freelancers every year, and fewer people get to choose. And in any case, one of the notable downsides of freelancing is the marked lack of stability.
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Marketing wizard Seth Godin notes that the recession has caused an excess of work for many, while for others it's created an abundance of slack time. If you're experiencing the latter, it's time to take advantage.Godin suggests using the extra time by either boosting your skills or reputation in your field. For example:
Earn a following and reputation. Use social networking tools to connect to people for no good reason. Post tons of useful answers on discussion boards where your expertise is valued. Build a permission asset in the form of an email newsletter or a fascinating blog that people want to read. Do resume makeovers for 100 friends. Start a neighbourhood or industry book group. Don't go to conventions, earn the right to speak at them.
It can be tough to focus your energy on that extra work at first, but if you're facing a lot of slack time at work, just consider it part of your job. Are you using your slack time (or just plain old after-work spare time) to build your skills or reputation right now? Let's hear what approach you've taken in the comments. Photo by el asso wipo.
If the axe is about to fall at your office, the chief career officer at temp/HR franchise Adecco says now is the time to get all Ed Koch and ask everyone how you're doing. Wired's How-To Wiki has a collaborative post up on how to lower the odds of your name being selected in the next round of layoffs. While a little sparse at the moment, the wiki-post does point out the two sides of keeping a high/low profile. You want to be seeking feedback and direction from as many people as you can, and be seen involved in projects, especially new ones, whenever you can. But you don't your theoretically on-the-sly job-hunting to be seen by anybody, anywhere, inside your firm, or your likelihood of being considered for a layoff shoots up exponentially. Other than that, it's the same kind of advice—upgrade your skills, network, look outside your field—that we've previously explored in tips on recession-proofing your career (on paper and on the web). Got a good (and anonymous) tip on putting your best feedback-hungry face forward around the office? Drop it in the comments. Keep Your Job